Aarthis (commission agents) of the state have ended their strike with immediate effect. This decision has been taken after the assurance of Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian. The Agriculture Minister asked the Aartis, procurement agencies and the Punjab Mandi Board to ensure that farmers do not face any kind of hardship during the ongoing paddy procurement season.
The Agriculture Minister held a meeting with Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Harchand Singh Burst at Kisan Bhavan along with representatives of the Federation of Aartiya Associations of Punjab led by Vijay Kalra, President and discussed the issues facing them.
On the issues raised by the Aartis regarding biometric procurement system and EPF, the Agriculture Minister assured them that their issues will be taken up with the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution so that they can be resolved quickly.
He also asked Deputy General Manager (DGM) Alok Kumar posted at Chandigarh of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to submit a report on these issues within ten days.
Punjab Mandi Board Secretary Amrit Kaur Gill apprised the Agriculture Minister about the current status of implementation of biometric procurement system in the state. He said that so far 876 markets have been selected for this system in the state. He said that the Mandi Board has 5400 vacant/salable plots under the New Mandi Township Department and the department is planning to sell these plots through e-auction.