The sale receipt of a farmer’s agricultural produce in mandis is called a ‘J kind’ (grain market). Because the vast majority of farmers in Punjab promote their merchandise by such brokers solely, these paperwork have been beforehand offered manually by arthiyas (fee brokers).
What is the ‘J’ kind?
From the beginning of the Rabi procurement season, which started on Friday, the Punjab Mandi Board has determined to subject a ‘digital kind J’ to farmers’ WhatsApp numbers. Punjab could be the primary state within the nation to ship digitized kind J in real-time, to extend transparency and empower farmers.
Around 9 lakh registered farmers are anticipated to profit from the choice, as they might be capable of promote their product (wheat) at MSP throughout this procurement season.
Before the J kind was digitized, quite a few arhtiyas tended to hoard these kinds for themselves somewhat than giving them to the farmers, as was their proper. As a consequence, many farmers haven’t any documentation of their earnings after promoting their crops.
Farmers may have a transparent document of the crop offered and the revenue acquired because of having their J kind digitized, and they’re going to save time by not having to run to arhtiyas to gather copies of their gross sales. After a transaction is accepted on the system by the arthiyas and consumers, that are principally authorities procurement organizations, these kinds will probably be delivered on to a farmer’s WhatsApp quantity.
If a farmer’s WhatsApp quantity modifications, the J kinds will seem of their Digi locker, which is legally much like unique bodily paperwork below Rule 9A of the Information Technology (Preservation and Retention of Information by Intermediaries Providing Digital Locker Facilities) Rules, 2016, which was notified on February 8, 2017. They would be capable of get the digitized J kind for procured paddy and wheat by merely getting into their Aadhaar card quantity into the system.
How is that this serving to the farmers?
The ‘J kind’ can be utilized to get monetary help from banking establishments, in addition to for IT waivers, subsidy claims, and farmer’s insurance coverage. Aside from that, it could possibly assist farmers in securing admission for his or her youngsters to academic establishments in different international locations.
“For example, many Punjabi farmers’ children are now studying in other countries.”They must give income evidence and then the ‘J form,’ which is considered a genuine document of income in the Canadian embassy,” a mandi board official defined. He went on to say that the harmful Covid waves have been a present in disguise since they compelled authorities to focus on the web system.
Ravi Bhagat, Secretary of the Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board, who’s the driving pressure behind the digitalization, mentioned the initiative will guarantee authenticity. A QR code, a watermark, and a singular quantity will probably be included with the digital J kinds.
“Not only will this be beneficial to farmers, but it will also benefit their families, the state, and the federal government.” The measure will put an finish to grain theft by some arhtiyas. When a digitized kind J is delivered to a farmer’s cellphone quantity, his household can find out about his precise earnings. Some farmers conceal their earnings from their households to purchase liquor with the cash. This will come to an finish. According to Abjinder Sangha, a farmer in Malerkotla’s Gowara village, “some landowners — who are not active in farming — display their revenue under farming to escape Income Tax payments.”