“Any need, any time” commission agents claim the Government cannot do without them, Food Corporation of India or not
Even before anyone from the visiting Press team could open the floor for conversation, a battery of arhtiyas (commission agents) at the main mandi here started off: “ Hamara challenge hai . Sarkar direct procurement karke dekh lein . Ho hi nahi sakta . [We challenge the Government to try and make direct procurement. It is not possible].”They were referring to the changes the Government expects once multinationals like WalMart, Carrefour and others enter the Indian retail market and go for direct sourcing from the farms.