Opinion | How a DM in UP saved farmers from being fleeced by personal merchants


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Opinion | How a DM in UP saved farmers from being fleeced by personal merchants 

We frequently learn information stories about negligence or insensitivity on a part of some bureaucrats in India, however there are a lot of sincere IAS officers in our system who attempt to uphold ethics and morality. Their Good Samaritan acts are sometimes ignored within the nationwide media, whilst they toil selflessly to assist the widespread folks. 

In my present ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Wednesday evening, I confirmed how the District Justice of the Peace of Pilibhit saved lots of of farmers from being fleeced by personal merchants, often called fee brokers, on the grain ‘mandi’ (Agriculture Produce Advertising Centre). The paddy farmers had anticipated to get the accredited Minimal Assist Value of Rs 1,868 per quintal however had been being pressured to promote at Rs 1,100 by the grain retailers. Farmers had been promoting their grains by incurring a lack of Rs 768 per quintal. 

Enter Pulkit Khare, the District Justice of the Peace of Pilibhit and the situation modified utterly. On Monday, he suspended three officers answerable for authorities procurement businesses, after receiving complaints from farmers that rice mill homeowners and personal merchants had been buying paddy at costs decrease than the minimal help worth. 

The farmers had complained to the DM that ‘dictatorial circumstances’ had been prevailing on the state procurement facilities of Karmachari Kalyan Nigam (KKN), UP Co-operative Union (UPCU) and UP Cooperative Federation (PCF), the place the officers-in-charge had been refusing to acquire paddy on the false pretext of extra moisture in paddy. As per authorities norms, as much as 17 per cent moisture in paddy is permitted, however farmers weren’t being registered on the state authorities procurement portal. In consequence, farmers had been being pressured to promote at Rs 1,100 per quintal to personal merchants, far beneath the minimal help worth. 

Pulkit Khare made an on-the-spot inspection and located moisture degree in paddy to be as per assigned requirements. He suspended the three officers, Anuj Kumar, Shivraj Singh and Sarvesh Kumar, and ordered officers to instantly perform on-the-spot registration and verification of the farmers’ data. The DM additionally beneficial to the state authorities for stern motion towards the Meals Company of India procurement centre on the Pilibhit APMC for procuring solely 700 quintals of paddy within the final ten days. 

I consider, solely upright officers like Pulkit Khare can carry a sea change within the working of our system. Usually we blame the system and bureaucrats for deficiencies in service, however when sincere officers get up for the reason for farmers and customary folks, they absolutely deserve reward. 

For the final one month, the three new farm legal guidelines introduced by the Modi authorities have triggered farmers’ protests in Punjab and Haryana, and a few political events like Congress try to take political benefit. However on the bottom degree, the scenario is kind of totally different. APMCs (grain mandis) are functioning and the MSP (minimal help worth) system has not been withdrawn. 

The issue isn’t with the brand new legal guidelines, or with the intent of Parliament and assemblies, the issue lies in implementation. Farmers in Haryana and Punjab are being misled by politicians with baseless rumours. The Pilibhit instance clearly exhibits that if bureaucrats working within the districts and states work with sincerity and due diligence, farmers will profit. But when bureaucrats connive with personal merchants and fee brokers, then farmers will stand to lose, even when MSPs and mandis are in place. 

The issue lies with workers on the APMCs entrusted to provide MSPs to farmers. Had Pulkit Khare not intervened and given producers their due, the farmers would have thought of the brand new legal guidelines and MSPs as simply items of paper. The farmers would have been pressured to promote their paddy at throwaway costs. They might have blamed the federal government and the system due to the connivance between corrupt workers and personal merchants. 

Whereas the media usually highlights tales of negligence or insensitivity on a part of the bureaucrats, it ignores the great work that’s carried out by lots of of IAS officers like Pulkit Khare. If our officers work actually and diligently within the curiosity of the farmers and customary folks, the day isn’t far when the desires of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall be fulfilled.

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