Chandigarh: The farmers of the state can now lodge a direct complaint with the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal in case of encountering any difficulty in selling their produce during the ongoing paddy season and if the problem is not resolved at the sub-divisional and district level. The Deputy Chief Minister’s helpline and E-Mail can be accessed for the purpose and the problems of the farmers would be redressed on priority basis.
Giving detailed information regarding this farmer friendly measure, an official spokesman said that the state government has already issued directions to all the concerned officers in the grain markets (Mandi) throughout Punjab to provide every facility to the farming community and no stone is being left un-turned to ensure the same. The spokesman further said that in case a farmer faces any difficulty in selling paddy or doesn’t get the full price of the produce then he can lodge a complaint with the concerned SDM, District Food Supply Officer or the Deputy Commissioner.
Disclosing more, the spokesman said that if these officers are unable to redress the problems of the farmers then the farmers can directly lodge their grievance/complaint with the toll free helpline of Deputy Chief Minister, S. Sukhbir Singh Badal which is 1905 or on the email- email@example.com. The spokesman also revealed that the Deputy Chief Minister has strictly instructed the officers to make sure that the farmers face no hassles in selling their produce and they should be rendered every help in the Mandi’s. In a recent meeting with the Deputy Commissioners, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it absolutely clear that if any farmer faces any problem during the paddy season then the onus would be on the official concerned who would be strictly proceeded against.
Appealing to the farming community on behalf of the Punjab Government, the spokesman said that the farmers should refrain from harvesting paddy during night time as this would lead to increase of moisture in the harvested produce resulting in hurdles in getting right price in the mandi’s. The spokesman also divulged that in order to get the adequate price, the farmers should bring their produce to the mandi’s after drying which is in accordance with the procurement norms/regulations of the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
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