On instructions of the Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, the Punjab authorities has devised a web based mechanism for the issuance of surplus paddy Release Orders (ROs) to eligible rice millers throughout ensuing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2023-24 starting October 1st, 2023.
The integration of a completely automated Release Order (RO) module with a web based linkage is about to revolutionize operational transparency, effectivity, and accountability. This forward-looking initiative is poised to eradicate any potential for unlawful or corrupt practices in procurement operations, all whereas offering a seamless and handy system for millers.
Disclosing this right here in the present day, the Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak acknowledged that the order of desire for searching for RO could be RO Entitlement (Maximum Allocable Paddy – Free Paddy) adopted by Paddy deducted upon levying of equitable Centre-cut and Against Free Paddy Allocation. The utility submitted by the miller can be processed mechanically by way of the portal making the whole RO course of seamless and hassle-free, the Minister added. Miller would be capable of submit utility of RO in subsequent class solely after exhausting full entitlement within the earlier class.
Eligible rice millers would be capable of apply for launch of ROs from Exclusive RO Mandis from October 1st onwards itself which might be issued in two equal components. The Department is all set to make sure one other flawless procurement expertise for our farmers, the Minister added underlining that a number of key initiatives together with introduction of necessary set up of the Vehicle Tracking System within the autos used for transportation of paddy and rice have been undertaken.
To guarantee higher transparency and well timed lifting of paddy, the Minister underlined that no RO could be issued for amount greater than 25% of complete issuable amount obtainable in a mandi at any time limit and figures for issuable RO amount throughout KMS 2023-24 could be based mostly on final 12 months’s numbers.
Under the RO Entitlement class for linked mandis, RO would even be issued in 2 phases starting October 9. For ROs in remaining 2 classes – Centre-cut; and Against Free Paddy Allocation – full due amount could be issued in a single go for every class.
Millers searching for ROs could be required to deposit a non- refundable Fee @75/- per MT for shifting of paddy from paddy poor districts; whereas Fee @Rs.50/- per MT could be levied for lifting of paddy from Paddy Surplus or/and Milling Capacity Deficit Districts, a spokesperson of the Department disclosed.
Millers could be required to use for ROs on the division portal and Release Order issued can be legitimate for a interval of 10 days from the date of buy of paddy in that Mandi. All approvals for issuance of Release Orders can be on-line and computerized. No bodily request on this regard could be accepted, the spokesperson added.
Department is anticipated to obtain round 182 LMTs of paddy which might be allotted to eligible rice models as per CMP of KMS 2023-24.