Behind arhtiyas joining farmers’ stir: Fear of losing hundreds of crores in annual income -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

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published Published on Oct 30, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 30, 2020

-The Indian Express

There are around 28,000 active arhtiyas in Punjab out of which 50 per cent are the ‘Baniya Arhtiyas’ (traditional arhtiyas), while the other 50 per cent are ‘Zamindar Jatt Arhtiyas’ (mostly farmers’ themselves).

Jalandhar: With passing of the Farmers’ Produce, Trade, and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the arhtiyas (commission agents) of Punjab are set to lose around Rs 1700 to Rs 1800 crore annually in ‘commission’. While the impact of this is already being seen in the sale-purchase of cotton, basmati and non-MSP crops, the new law is also going to hit their income as credit and farm input suppliers, which runs into thousands of crores. This is a major reason that has led them to back the farmers’ protest against agri Acts.

There are around 28,000 active arhtiyas in Punjab out of which 50 per cent are the ‘Baniya Arhtiyas’ (traditional arhtiyas), while the other 50 per cent are ‘Zamindar Jatt Arhtiyas’ (mostly farmers’ themselves).

Most of the Jatt Arhtiyas joined this trade in the post-terrorism period in Punjab. According to an estimate, Malwa region of Punjab has 40 per cent Jat Arytiyas, Majha and Doaba regions have 60 per cent such arhtiyas of the total number of arhtiyas in these respective regions. The entry of zamindars into arhat took place mainly due to the attraction of the 2.5 per cent commission.

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The Indian Express, 30 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/behind-arhtiyas-joining-farmers-stir-fear-of-losing-hundreds-of-crores-in-annual-income-6909581/


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