CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Central Government to ensure timely and targeted supply of Urea to Madhya Pradesh. He has written letters to the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ramvilas Paswan and the Railways Minister Lalu Prasad in this regard.
In his letter to Paswan, the CM thanked him for giving a patient hearing to State’s problems in fertiliser supply during the current Rabi season, saying that the issue now is the timely supply of State’s targeted volumes of Urea.
Referring to the discussions between the officials of Madhya Pradesh Government and the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Chouhan said the State Government’s officials have explained importance of meeting the current month’s supply target of 2.50 lakh MT of Urea.
The State has already received about one lakh MT upto December 12 last and would require at least four railway rakes (each to 2400 MT) every day for the rest of the month.
Failing which the farmers would be put to great hardship, he added. The CM pointed out to Paswan that while his Ministry has assured the State Government that efforts are being made to ensure that these quantities are delivered on time, the current rake arrivals average only one-two per day and will have to be doubled in the next few days to achieve the target.
The CM sought Paswan’s personal intervention urging him to direct the authorities concerned to fully meet the fertiliser’s demand of the State.
In the letter to Lalu Prasad, the Chief Minister thanked him too for giving a patient hearing to the problems in fertiliser supply during the current Rabi season in Madhya Pradesh.
Chouhan pointed out that the issue is the timely supply of the targeted volumes of Urea. The Chief Minister added in the letter that fertiliser companies have reported some constraints in indenting railway rakes for destinations in Madhya Pradesh, which has slowed down the arrivals of Urea in the State to an average one-two rakes per day.
The State would require at least four rakes of urea to arrive every day for the reset of December to be able to meet the demand of the farmers.
Chouhan urged the Railway Minister to personally intervene and direct the concerning authorities to fully respond to the indents placed by various fertiliser manufacturers for Madhya Pradesh and enable the State to support the farmers.