Punjab-based commission agents (arthiyas) today requested union consumer affairs, food & public distribution minister KV Thomas not to bring any change in payment system to farmers for foodgrain purchase, claiming that present payment system is flawless.
A delegation of commission agents led by Federation of Arthiya Association of Punjab President Vijay Kalra called on Thomas in Delhi and informed him that commission agents were integral part of foodgrain procurement system and present payment system should continue.
Kalra said that commission agents were concerned about the reported discussion of FCI to pay directly to farmers.
Arthiyas said that they had been making payment to farmers in Punjab through cheque within 72 hours of procurement and this system had been running successfully in the state for the last two and half years.
He said that they had told the minister that if direct payment system was started then about 25,000 commission agents and 5 lakh labourers associated with this trade would be affected adversely.
"We want that present system of payment should continue to be followed," he said.