No commission to be charged from farmers: Delhi HC



Shimla: In a major relief to lakhs of farmers and apple growers of north India, especially Himachal Pradesh, who sold their produce at Azadpur mandi in Delhi, the Delhi High Court has ordered the authorities to ensure that law meant to safeguard farmers against commission being charged from them on their produce is implement in its full spirit.

According to spokesperson of the state government, an interim order came during hearing on a writ petition filed by HP Agricultural Marketing Board (HPAMB) in front of a bench of Delhi High Court on June 2, 2010, asking the Delhi government and the Azadpur Agriculture Produce Marketing Corp (APMC) to enforce the amended byelaws and not charge commission from sellers (farmers).

APMC had amended its byelaws in 1999, wherein charging of commission by the Azadpur fruit merchants was to be paid by the purchasers and not the sellers.
The state agriculture marketing board has filed a writ potion before the Delhi High Court on August 18, 2009.

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