The Punjab government has received a sum of Rs 300 crore from the union ministry of commerce against pending recoveries of various state-owned foodgrain procurement agencies.
A cheque for the said amount was received last week after state minister for food and civil supplies Adesh Partap Singh Kairon raised the issue with the Centre.
Punjab is claiming a sum of Rs 12,000 crore from the central government as pending payments against procurement of wheat and paddy by state procurement agencies on behalf of the Centre.
Keeping in view the large pending claims of central procurement agencies, Kairon had issued instructions for uniform standard of accounting practices for all procurement agencies so that the claims could be finalised at the earliest.
The Punjab government has claimed crores of rupees against pending transportation charges, payment to rice millers, compensation for damaged paddy and rice and infrastructure development cess.