In wake of the reported shortage of urea in Punjab, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday asked the state administration to increase its vigil on the suppliers and take strict action against the hoarders, besides assuring adequate supply of the commodity through cooperative societies to the farmers.
Meanwhile, the state government has registered an FIR for hoarding of urea in Ludhiana, suspending the licences of three suppliers, and the licences of four such violators were suspended in Jalandhar, a spokesman here said.
Badal, in his review meeting over the situation, asked the department to ensure 80% of the urea demand from Indian Potash Limited for the cooperative sector.
The chief minister also asked the officers to ensure the stipulated 70% urea supply from National Fertilisers Limited to the cooperative sector, and 100% of this supply to the cooperative sector from the Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited.
A spokesman here said the state had already received 9.58 lakh tonnes of urea by January 8, as compared to 8.24 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period last year.