CHAMKAUR SAHIB: The Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Tuesday formally kick-started paddy procurement operations within the state from Chamkaur Sahib and directed the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs division to make sure easy and hassle-free procurement through the present Kharif Marketing Season started from October 1.
“We are committed for procuring every single grain of the farmers and for the first time in history of state lifting has started from the very first day which itself is a record” mentioned the Chief Minister whereas interacting with the farmers.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the procurement, lifting and cost will probably be carried out on the identical day with digitization of the complete course of. He additionally began the brand new digital cost initiative with a click on of the button and transferred the cost of paddy to a farmer. Urging the farmers to cease the cultivation of PUSA-44 and different associated sorts of paddy, Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that cultivation of those varieties ought to be stopped and the state authorities has already determined to ban these varieties from the subsequent season.
The Chief Minister mentioned that these water guzzling varieties takes most time to reap and produces stubble in nice method. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that the issue of lifting will probably be resolved with use of the extremely tech strategies corresponding to GPS in vans. He mentioned that 654 new Rice Shellers has began their operation after ease of norms by the state authorities.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the distribution of flood compensation already began and injury of each penny will probably be paid by the state authorities. He knowledgeable that the state authorities has ample fund in State Disaster Fund to compensate the injury attributable to floods. Bhagwant Singh Mann requested the Food and Civil Supplies Department, the nodal company for the procurement operations, to make sure all vital preparations for easy, immediate and seamless procurement and storage of paddy.
Reiterating his authorities’s agency dedication, the Chief Minister mentioned that each single grain of the farmers’ produce can be procured and lifted from the market. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that strict adherence to the prescribed norms of well timed cost to the farmers can be ensured. He mentioned that for the primary time within the historical past of state, Punjab has already obtained Cash Credit Limit of Rs 37, 000 crore for the following paddy season earlier than commissioning of the procurement.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the state had demanded Rs. 42000 crore as CCL from the Union authorities for the procurement however up to now obtained Rs. 37000 crore in opposition to the demand. He mentioned that the State Government will go away no stone unturned in guaranteeing easy procurement through the present paddy season to the satisfaction of all of the stakeholders. Bhagwant Singh Mann knowledgeable that elaborate preparations have already been put in place to obtain the anticipated Paddy arriving within the mandis of the state.
Urging the farmers to shun the follow of stubble burning, the Chief Minister mentioned that new equipments are being given to farmers for in situ and ex situ administration of the crop residue. He mentioned that the state authorities has already mandated for brick kilns to make use of stubble as gasoline in addition to different vegetation to purchase stubble from farmers. Bhagwant Singh Mann demanded from the Union Government to remunerative options for farmers to cease the follow of stubble burning.
The Chief Minister asserted that the state authorities has raised the problem of DAP with the Union Government and three Lakh Metric Tonne of DAP has been obtained with this initiative. He mentioned that the state authorities has demanded from GoI to lift the export value of Basmati. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that that is the necessity of the hour as we’ve determined to push crop diversification additional so the hike in value can be proved useful for this.
The Chief Minister mentioned that with the stupendous efforts of the state authorities, the realm underneath Basmati cultivation have been elevated on the extent of 21 p.c. He knowledgeable that the Government of India had fastened Minimum Support Price Rs. 2203 per quintal for the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2023-24. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that 4 State procurement companies, viz Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup, Punjab State Warehouse Corporation, together with FCI, are being procuring paddy on Minimum Support Price as per the specs laid down by the Government of India.
The Chief Minister additional mentioned that 1854 Purchase Centers have been notified by the Punjab Mandi Board and have been allotted amongst the federal government procurement companies. Bhagwant Singh Mann asserted that vital preparations of required gunny luggage and covers (Tarpaulin) for storage of paddy have been accomplished properly earlier than time. He mentioned that Mafia be it medication, sand or Land grabbing won’t be tolerated on the land of Punjab.
The Chief Minister mentioned that through the Kharif season a goal of 182.10 lakh metric ton has been set by the state authorities. He mentioned that out of this 173 lakh metric ton will probably be bought by the state companies. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that the state authorities has 4.86 lakh bails of jute accessible with it including that the remainder will probably be managed by the millers.
The Chief Minister mentioned that the strategy of biometric authentication has been launched to safeguard the pursuits of farmers bringing the grains to Mandis. He mentioned that in an effort to convey transparency in lifting of the grains on-line gate passes will probably be issued to the autos. Bhagwant Singh Mann mentioned that by October 2, round 68000 metric ton paddy has arrived in Mandis which is 48% greater than final 12 months.
On this event Cabinet Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak and others had been current