Out of the four districts of Faridkot division, this district lifted 57% of the procured wheat and cleared 90% of the payment due to farmers by Friday. With the farmers' unions holding 'Rail Roko' agitation here, the pace of lifting of the wheat and payment to farmers picked pace.
Barnala, a part of the Patiala administrative division, is mapped with the Ferozepur division with respect to functioning of the department of civil supplies and consumer affairs.
Up to Friday evening, other districts of Faridkot division were far behind Barnala in lifting and making payment for the procured wheat. Faridkot has lifted 34% and paid for 38% of the procured wheat, whereas Bathinda lifted 40% and paid for 78%; Mansa lifted 42% and paid for 64%.
Deputy commissioner GS Sidhu said, "As of Friday, 3.61 lakh MT wheat has arrived in markets and agencies have procured 3.53 lakh MT wheat out of it. A total of 1.65 lakh MT wheat has been lifted and payment of Rs 383 crore been made.
"We are able to achieve respectable figures with our teamwork. We held meetings with transporters, labourers and officials. We frequented grain markets. We are striving for even faster lifting and payments," Sidhu added.
Sweety Devgun, district controller, and RK Singla, deputy director, department of food civil supplies and consumer affairs, could not contacted despite repeated attempts.
Procurement data of other districts
(As on May 1)
Lifting (in %age) Payment (in %age)
Sangrur 37 57
Ludhiana 30 56
Patiala 28 46
Fatehgarh Sahib 42 58
Ferozepur 37 33
Fazilka 30 47
Moga 20 60
Muktsar 39 52