Symposium on ‘Affect of Demonetisation on Farmers in Chhattisgarh organised

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2017 11:50:35

Staff Reporter,


Jan 10,

Demonetisation has come as nightmare for Chhattisgarh farmers and in the ongoing paddy procurement season they are toiling hard due cash slow down in the State. There is resentment among the farmers towards the move taken by the Union Government. These views were expressed by the team of experts during symposium entitled ‘Affect of Demonetisation on Farmers in Chhattisgarh organised by Chhattisgarh Pragatisheel Kissan Sanghan at Virndhavan Hall Civil Lines here.

Speaking at the symposium, expert speakers in a collective voice said that as per demonetisation farmers can withdraw Rs 24,000 per week but it has largely affected as they do not have the facilities of withdrawing the cash. It is generally seen that such farmers do not keep lump sum money in bank accounts largely due to fact of low income or sometimes, lack of awareness. Being paddy procurement season is in process in state they have to stand in line and suffer. So, is the case with people in general. Now coming to the different perspective, the farmers based in rural areas with no banks are largely affected. They face too much difficulty because of the demonetisation. The cash crunch has hit them hard. Unless they have good rapport with the suppliers, they are suffering the most.

Chhhatisgarh has witnessed protest from the farmers as in Raigarh district as they spread their tomato produce at the spot that was their regular marketplace, but only so they could crush it with trucks. Farmers distributed vegetables for free of cost in state capital as they were not finding any buyers for their produce. But, despite the price crash, consumers are unlikely to get any benefit as rates have not come down drastically in the retail market. Hence many people don’t get to know the reality about the plight of farmers.

Main speaker at the occasion were Virendra Pandey, Mamta Sharma, Prabhakar Choubey, C S Shukla, Sandeep Sharma, Dwakar Sahu, Vishal Chandrakar, Hitesh Viru, P S Tripathi, Sahdev Sahu and Toran Nayak. Chhattisgarh Pragatisheel Kissan Sangathan State Convener Rajkumar Gupta welcomed the guest speakers and also proposed vote of thanks.