THE IMPASSE over payment rates between the traders’ association and the hammals’ union at Krishi Upaj Mandis continued for the sixth straight day on Saturday.
Mandi sources told Hindustan Times that with the elections of traders’ association round the corner, the office-bearers were reluctant to hold meetings and workout any compromise formula lest they would be seen as being soft on hammals and get routed in the elections.
The hammals are asking for at least 15 percent hike in payment rates. Most of the farmers in the surrounding regions are by now aware of the strike and are not coming to Indore mandis while some of them are selling the produce directly to the traders outside the mandi premises.
The traders’ association representatives are reluctant to attend meetings called by the administration to resolve the dispute for fear of backlash in the next association elections scheduled for January, a mandi official said on condition of anonymity. “The deadlock continues due to this apathetic attitude of the people who matter though we are still hopeful of an early solution, he said.
The main commodities traded during this season are channa and soyabean with daily business volume being roughly Rs 2.5 crore at Sanyogitaganj Mandi.
The strike has directly affected farmers, commission agents and transporters besides the two wrangling parties. Efforts to contact Indore Anaj Tilhan Vyapari Sangh president G D Agarwal proved futile as his mobile was switched off.