JAMMU: In the interest of farming community, the sale of fertiliser shall be made under the ambit of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system by using Point of sale (POS) machines in J&K from January 2018 onwards.
This was stated by the Director Law Enforcement J&K, Susheel Sahni during a meeting convened to review the progress made in the implementation of the DBT in fertilisers, here on Wednesday.
According to an official handout, Director Law Enforcement enjoined upon all the participants including wholesalers, representatives of the fertiliser companies, enforcement inspectors, chief agriculture officers of Jammu division to sensitise all the retailers regarding the sale of fertilisers through POS machines from January 2018 onwards as per the instructions of Department of Fertilisers, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers, Government of India. Addressing the participants, Joint Director Agriculture (Extension) Jammu said that sale of fertilisers has been now made mandatory through POS machines and the stakeholders found violating the instructions shall be dealt with stern action under rules to the extent of cancellation of the license issued, the handout read.
The POS machines have been provided free of cost to the retailers through the sensitisation/training programmes organised in various districts of the state. The retailers who have not received such POS machines can approach the nearest agriculture office or representative of the fertiliser companies, the handout further read.
He added that farmers would have to bring Voter ID Cards or KCC at the time of purchase of fertilisers from the retailer so that the benefit of subsidy goes to the rightful claimant.
The State Coordinator J&K, Department of Fertilisers Akhil Vaid gave a detailed presentation and also replied to various queries raised by the participants. He further elaborated that the sale of fertilisers shall not be allowed without the usage of POS machines and making the transactions on the real time basis to ensure transparency and to prevent pilferage of any kind, the handout added.