‘Don’t cut loan from farmers’ accounts’

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KURUKSHETRA: The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Thursday sought a surety from the Haryana government that banks do not deduct loan instal-ments from the accounts of farmers when they receive payment for wheat for this season from arhtiyas (commission agents). BKU Haryana president Gurnam Singh Charuni said farmers were happy with the traditional system of wheat procurement through arhtiyas.
Charuni said, “Farmers apprehend that if arhtiyas make payments by cheques or by RTGS into bank accounts, the banks may deduct the loan instalment amounts. Arhtiyas should either pay in cash or the government should give surety that banks will not deduct loans instalments.If banks start deducting loan instalments from wheat payments, farmers will be left with no money for preparation for the next season and for running household.” Charuni alleged that in the past, the Haryana government had passed laws in state assembly to privatise procurement of crops to end the mandi system and it is working to break the traditional relationship between arhtiyas and farmers.However, Ambala Arhtiya Association president Duni Chand said, “On April 13, in a videoconferencing held atJind with ACS Sanjeev Kaushal of the agriculture department and PSCM Rajesh Khullar, it was clarified that the banks will not deduct loan instalments from the payments for wheat to farmers. It was decided at the meeting that payments will be made through arhtiyas into the banks accounts provided by the department of the farmers either by cheques or by RTGS.”

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