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Kairon for easing paddy procurement norms

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Chandigarh, October 21, 2013
First Published: 22:28 IST(21/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:33 IST(21/10/2013)

Punjab food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon on Monday talked to union minister of state for food, public distribution and consumer affairs KV Thomas on the phone about relaxing procurement norms of paddy, which has got considerably discoloured due to recent rain and hailstorms across the state.

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Presiding over a high-level meeting with the heads of procurement agencies here, Kairon apprised the union minister of the hardships faced by farmers during procurement due to the inclement weather.

Thomas assured Kairon that he would soon despatch technical teams of officers from his ministry to take stock of the situation and assess the extent of damage caused to paddy in terms of discolouration and moisture.

Kairon also held deliberations with managing directors of procurement agencies to ensure smooth and prompt procurement of paddy in the wake of damage caused to it due to recent unseasonal rain and hailstorm, especially in Ludhiana, Rupnagar and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

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