Paddy procurement resumed in Batala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Batala
  • Updated: Oct 15, 2014 09:24 IST

The deadlock between commission agents and traders, which had suspended the procurement of paddy at the Batala grain market, ended after the intervention of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) leader and tubewell corporation chairman, Ravi Karan Singh Kahlon, here on Tuesday.

The procurement at the Batala grain market has remained suspended for the past three days after a dispute between the commission agents and the big traders, who purchase paddy from the commission agents.

The commission agents alleged that during the last paddy season, they had sold produce worth `500 crore but even after passage of one year, the traders still have to make payment of an outstanding amount of `7-8 crore and the farmers are complaining them for their dues.

They said that during this season, they have already made it clear to farmers that commission agents are not responsible for their pending payments, which had been affecting their relations with them.

As the deadlock continued for three days, YAD leader Ravi Karan Kahlon called a meeting of commission agents and traders and after listening to the viewpoints of both the sides, he asked the traders to take the responsibility of the payment for the crop purchased by them.

Kahlon said that the traders had also accepted the demands of the commission agents that the entire outstanding payments of farmers will be made within 24 days.

Seeing the weather forecast by the metrological department, he also asked the government agencies and the commission agents to speed up lifting of paddy from the grain markets so that farmers do not suffer due to the delay of three days.

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