Week after opening, Karnal paddy centre shut

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 14

Over a week after its opening, the paddy purchase centre at Mohidinpur village on the Haryana-UP border that was meant to facilitate farmers of the neighbouring state, has been shut.

The Karnal administration had drawn flak for banning the entry of UP farmers, a practice contrary to the Centre’s ‘one nation, one market’ policy. A mere 4,800 MT of paddy was procured at the centre, which is 1 per cent of the 5 lakh MT that UP farmers sold in Karnal, Gharaunda, Kunjpura, Taraori and Indri grain markets last year.

MSP fraud by traders?

  • Some traders allegedly bought paddy at cheap rates from UP farmers and sold it in Karnal at higher MSP
  • District authorities said the mandi was shut as UP farmers had been allowed to sell crop in all Karnal markets
  • Arhtiyas attributed their disinterest to poor infrastructure at the Karnal mandi

Arhtiyas claimed the centre had to be closed as they were unable to carry out procurement simultaneously at their own grain market and the Mohidinpur centre. They also blamed paucity of space to unload paddy as well as poor infrastructure.

Sources, however, said some traders were buying cheap paddy in UP and getting it procured at higher MSP at the centre, showing fake Aadhaar and other documents.

Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said the centre, which was opened on October 5, was closed as UP farmers had been allowed to sell their produce in any grain market of the district. “So, there is no need to continue this centre,” he said, denying claims of any wrong practice by any trader.

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