Taking steps for hassle-free procurement of wheat crop in district, deputy commissioner Rahul Tiwari on Monday directed the sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) and heads of procurement agencies to complete all arrangements for smooth procurement of the crop.
While chairing a meeting of officials here, Tiwari said 102 purchase centres had been set up in the district. He directed all agencies to depute required staff in all grain markets of district at the earliest.
He asked the SDMs to personally visit the grain markets in their areas, give final touches to the arrangements, and depute a gazetted officer for every grain market, who would ensure daily check in markets.
He asked the district mandi officer (DMO) and secretaries of all market committees to ensure proper cleanliness in mandis, set up washrooms, arrange drinking water, electricity and standby arrangements of generator for power cleaners.
The DC asked the DMO to make final checking of power cleaners and tarpaulins with the arhityas (commission agents) in all mandis.
Tiwari also asked the DMO and representatives of arhityas associations to educate farmers to harvest their crop only on proper maturity, and bring dry and clean crop in the mandis, so that they did not face any problem in selling their crop.
He appealed to the farmers to refrain from harvesting immature wheat and to not operate harvest combine in night in the field.
Tiwari said Punjab State Grains Procurement Corporation Limited would purchase 19.06 % of the produce, Punjab State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited 20.01%, Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited 19.55%, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation 11.50%, Punjab Agro 8.90%, and Food Corporation of India 20.98%.
Meanwhile, Raj Kumar Bhalla, president, Arhityas Union, said in the meeting that procurement agencies had not given back Bardana used by arhityas. Tewari asked the procurement agencies to sort out the problem immediately.