Debt Conciliation Board

Debt Conciliation Board
Debt Conciliation Board, Govt. of Haryana
कर्ज निपटान बोर्ड, हरियाणा सरकार
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Agency overview
Formed 28 January 2007
Jurisdiction Government of Haryana
Headquarters Chandigarh
Agency executive Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chairman

The Debt Conciliation Board (DCB) is the independent organ of Govt. of Haryana for the implementation of The Haryana Relief Of Agricultural Indebtness Act, 1989.[1] It plays an important role in identifying the deserving candidates for providing relief and adequate benefits to them as per regulations.



In 2007 Budget the central government passed the law of waiving agricultural loans to the tune of INR60,000 crore, and to distribute this relief the debt conciliation boards were set up by the Haryana government. The board was formed on 28 January 2007 by Chief Minister of Haryana BS Hooda.[2] It was formed to provide relief from huge debts to the poor farmers and labourers of Haryana. First it was decided to constitute a single board for the state of Haryana. But due to the presence of large population of benefitors it was decided to constitute this board in every district of Haryana.


The board in each district is presided by Additional Deputy Commissioner. The District Revenue Officer and a representative of the financial institutions are the other official members. Further there are two non official Government representatives from each district of Haryana. Non Official Members are as follows:[3]


  • Ram Pal Sharma
  • Gulab Singh Ranga


  • Shish Ram Meechu
  • Raj Kumar Sarsar


  • Dr Harinder Pal Singh
  • Hem Dagar


  • Darshan Singh
  • Hanuman singh


  • Rao Sita Ram
  • Jitender Bhardwaj


  • Rajpal Yadav
  • Bir Singh Dalal


  • Balwant Singh
  • Radhey Shyam Parik


  • Rajbir Kataria
  • Suraj Bhan Khatak


  • Sudhir Mehta
  • Sajjan Singh Dhull


  • Jaipal Mann
  • Lalit Butana


  • Lakhwinder Singh
  • Man Singh


  • Raghubir Khokhiyaka
  • Khurshid Ahmed


  • Rajender Singh
  • Rajinder Singh


  • Naresh Mann
  • Om Prakash Gujjar


  • Sadhu Ram
  • Dr Pritam Singh Rawal


  • Harish Saini
  • Ravinder Chander


  • Ranbir Singh
  • Raghubir Singh Magu


  • Partap Khod
  • Ranjeet Singh


  • Jogender Singh Dahiya
  • Jaipal Butana


Provisions in Law

The boards have been constituted under the Haryana Relief of Agricultural Indebtedness Act. Though the Act was enacted in 1989, the boards have been constituted to make the Act really effective. The boards have the jurisdiction to provide relief to debtors of not only a cooperative bank, cooperative society, nationalised bank or commercial banks but also to the debtors of private creditors and money-lenders. Any debtor, who has paid more than the double of the principal amount, can approach the board. Section 3 (e) and 4 of the Act under which these boards were constituted provided rescheduling of the debts of farmers with regard to the repayment capacity of the debtor. Section 12 (5) provided that in case the debtor has repaid to the creditor an amount equal to or exceeding the double the principal amount, or the debtor on being apprised of such findings pays an amount which makes total repayment equal to double the amount of principal, the board shall have the powers to declare the debt as fully discharged.[4]


DCB has been often criticised for being ineffective in providing relief to the deserving candidates in Haryana. It has been alleged that the main reason behind the lackadaisical attitude of the government on this issue was that most political leaders had their own commission agent shops in various grain markets of the state and hence they acted as moneylenders to farmers.[5]


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