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2 commission agents, three rice-shellers in Bathinda lose licence

The licences of two of the commission agents (arthiya) and three rice millers have been suspended following the allegations of paying less to the farmers in Muktsar.

punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2016 14:53 IST
HT Correspondent
The farmers on Tuesday briefed officials regarding financial exploitation at the hands of arthiyas and millers.
The farmers on Tuesday briefed officials regarding financial exploitation at the hands of arthiyas and millers.(HT Representative Photo)

The licences of two of the commission agents (arthiya) and three rice millers have been suspended following the allegations of paying less to the farmers in Muktsar. On the recommendations of KJS Cheema, special principal secretary to chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal, the malaut market committee initiated the action against Shiv Shakti rice mill, Goyal rice and general mill and BS rice and general mill; along with two commission agents — Malwa Krishi Udyog and Amar Singh/Balraj Singh of Mahuhana purchasing centre.

The complainant farmers of the district appeared before Cheema during a meeting of officials to oversee procurement season on Tuesday and briefed him of financial exploitation at the hands of arthiyas and millers.

Ajaypal Singh, secretary market committee, said the farmers alleged that they were paid Rs100 to Rs 135 less than the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 1,510.

“The licenses were immediately suspended, and both commission agents and rice millers were debarred from rest of the procurement season. They were even asked to pay dues of the farmers immediately. Besides, an appropriate disciplinary action will be initiated against them,” he said.

Meanwhile, during his visit to several grain markets in Muktsar district, Cheema said the CM had asked senior officials of state government to oversee the procurement process in the field so that farmerrelated problems are solved at the earliest.

“No official, commission agent or miller will be spared if any negligence is found on his part,” Cheema said, while specifically warning commission agents and millers against any financial embezzlement.

He also exhorted farmers to immediately report to concerning sub-divisional magistrate if any of the officials harassed them over less or high moisture content.

The district administration also flagged off 10 awareness vans in villages and grain markets to appeal farmers not sell their crop below MSP rate.