Context: Punjab becomes the first state in the country to provide digitised “form J” in real time on the WhatsApp number of farmers from this Rabi procurement season.
‘J form’ is the sale receipt of a farmer’s agricultural produce in mandis (grain market).
These forms were earlier issued manually by arthiyas (commission agents) because in Punjab, a majority of farmers sell their crops through such agents only.
This form is also an income proof for a farmer who sells his crop.
Before digitisation of the J form, several arhtiyas kept these forms with themselves, because of which many farmers ended up having no record of their income after selling their crops.
Thus, by getting digitised J form, farmers will now have a clear record of the crop sold and income received with respect to that.
These forms will be delivered directly on a farmer’s WhatsApp number immediately after a sale is confirmed on the system by the arthiyas and buyers, who are mainly government procurement agencies.
If any farmer changes his/her WhatsApp number, then they can see the J forms in their digilocker, which are legally at par with original physical documents under Rule 9A of the Information Technology Rules, 2016.
The ‘J form’ can be used for raising finance from financial institutions and also help farmers get admission for their wards in educational institutes abroad.