India, April 9 -- Ambala/Karnal The wheat procurement that started on April 1 in the state came to a halt on Thursday as the commission agents (arhtiyas) started their indefinite strike against the direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode of payment to farmers.

The strike was announced after a state-level meeting of arhtiyas in Karnal on Tuesday. On the first day of the strike, negligible wheat procurement took place at Ambala grain markets by 3pm. Situation was the same in Karnal and Kurukshetra mandis. In Ambala, around 50 gate passes were issued at Gate No. 1 to the farmers, who unloaded their produce under the sheds but no other work was initiated by the commission agents.

President of the Haryana State Anaj Mandi Arhtiyas' Association As...