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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)

17 months on, farmers await state govt’s lucky draw

Waiting for good luck

  • Under the Krishak Upahar Yojana, farmers were promised bi-annual prizes worth Rs 12 crore
  • On bringing the produce with a minimum value of Rs 5,000 to the grain market, a farmer was given one coupon, while on produce of Rs 10,000, a farmer was given two coupons, and 20 coupons on bringing crop worth Rs 1,00,000
  • The number of the coupon was to be considered their lottery number
  • However, even after 17 months of the scheme, no draw has been conducted so far
17 months on, farmers await state govt’s lucky draw
Lottery coupon boxes at the new grain market’s committee office in Karnal on Monday. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, March 20

The state government had initiated the ‘Krishak Upahar Yojana’ in October 2015 to inspire farmers to get ‘J forms’ on selling their produce, besides encouraging crop diversification. Under this scheme, farmers were promised bi-annual prizes worth Rs 12 crore.

On bringing the produce with a minimum value of Rs 5,000 to the grain market, a farmer was given one coupon, while on produce of Rs 10,000, a farmer was given two coupons, and 20 coupons on bringing crop worth Rs 1,00,000. The number given of the coupon was to be considered their lottery number.

However, even after 17 months of the scheme, no draw has been conducted so far.

Thousands of farmers across the state are awaiting the draw promised by Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar while launching the scheme. The farmers’ coupons are lying dumped in the offices of the market committees in the state. At the Karnal market committee office alone, 9,973 coupons are lying waiting for the draw.

As per the scheme, it was applicable only to the private procurement of crops, other than those procured at the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by the government for the crops, including cotton, basmati rice, pulses, oil seeds and others.

There was a provision of two types of draw, at the state level and the district level. As per sources, it was announced that prizes, including tractors, bikes, cultivators, laptops and spray pumps, were to be distributed among the winners of all the districts. The draw was to be conducted in January and June months for both rabi and kharif seasons.

“The scheme was initiated to promote J form system but despite having around 75 J-forms since the scheme was launched, I have been waiting for the draw, as announced by the government,” said Joginder Baldi, a farmer.

The state government should not make fun of the farmers and should conduct the draw, he added.

Another farmer, Ravinder Choudhary, also blamed the system for not conducting draws. He said three seasons had elapsed since the announcement of the scheme but no draw had been conducted yet.

Karnal market committee secretary Chander Shekhar said the process of conducting the draw was underway and it would be held soon.

Despite several attempts, J Ganesan, chief administrator, Haryana State Marketing Board, could not be contacted.

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