‘Have no choice’: Punjab to make direct MSP payment to farmers as Centre rejects plea for exemption

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‘Have no choice’: Punjab to make direct MSP payment to farmers as Centre rejects plea for exemption
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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 8

Punjab farmers can look ahead to direct on-line MSP payment from the upcoming procurement season after the Centre on Thursday rejected the state’s demand for yet one more exemption from the DBT route.

“We have no option and choice,” Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal stated after an almost two-hour assembly with Food minister Piyush Goyal who categorically instructed the state that the Centre will make procurements and reimburse associated prices provided that the state pays immediately to farmers and never via arhtiyas.

“The minister has rejected our requests for exemption from the DBT route and we are now left with no choice. The minister said the state would have to make its own procurement arrangements if it wishes to pay farmers through arhtiyas. So we have no choice,” Badal stated.

Punjab meals minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu stated the state will discover a method to pay immediately to farmers and can guarantee some safety for arhtiyas.

He stated the CM has known as a gathering with arhtiyas tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Centre has agreed to grant Punjab six month extension to hyperlink land file to the nationwide e-procurement portal.

The Centre as we speak stated 15 procuring states had began DBT funds to farmers and no additional exemption was doable for Punjab which had already bought three exemptions previously.

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