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No wheat sale from UP: Haryana govt

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, April 01, 2013
First Published: 17:56 IST(1/4/2013) | Last Updated: 09:54 IST(2/4/2013)

Expecting a record wheat production this Rabi season, the Haryana food and supplies department has chalked out a strict mechanism to stop arrival of foodgrain from the neighboring districts of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

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Mahavir Singh, director general of the food and supplies department, has issued directions to his field staff to take help of the district authorities to implement orders effectively.

Traditionally, the state authorities start procuring wheat from April 1, but due to the climatic conditions, harvesting is expected to be delayed by 10 days.

Last week, Singh had convened a meeting that was attended by deputy commissioners of the wheat-growing districts, including Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Yamunanagar.

Singh had asked the district administration to rope in police forces to put special nakas at the UP borders to prohibit any illegal movement of wheat in Haryana.

Officials said Haryana had made arrangement to procure 87.30 lakh tonnes for the central pool during the current season.

In the last season, the state had procured 87.16 lakh tonnes.

“Since Haryana's procurement is more organised than UP and payments are made promptly, it is suspected that farmers from across the border may be tempted to sell their produce in Haryana. But we have planned the procurement and storage as per Haryana's expected production and under such circumstances, excessive wheat arrival from outside would create problem here,” said an official.

Karnal deputy commissioner (DC) Renu S Phulia issued directions to the procurement agencies that wheat should not bought after 7pm and procurement register should be maintained properly.

The plan aims at checking activities of unsocial elements who collude with corrupt government procuring agents where farmers from UP are shown as Haryanavis and even their high-moisture produce is purchased against minimum support price (MSP) of Rs. 1,350 per quintal.

The food and supplies department has asked its field staff to organise special farmers' awareness drives to ensure that no wheat with more than 12% moisture is taken to the mandis. Singh has warned to initiate strict action against those found careless in procurement activity.


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