Ensure payment to farmers within 48 hours: CM
Mukerian (Hoshiarpur) DP Correspondent :- Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Monday reviewed the progress of ongoing paddy procurement and directed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure payment to farmers within the stipulated time of 48 hours. Captain Amarinder also asked the DC Vipul Ujwal to ensure lifting of crop within 72 hours. He also urged the farmers to bring only dry produce in mandis to avoid delay in selling their crop. The CM said that the state government had taken all measures to ensure hassle free paddy procurement. He also asked Deputy Commissioner to ensure the availability of adequate stock of gunny bags in all grain markets.Apprising the Chief Minister about the Paddy procurement, the DC said that till now, 43,221 tonnes of paddy had arrived in the mandis of the district, out of which 42,388 had been procured by different procurement agencies. Meanwhile, emphasising on the need to adopt crop diversification in view of the prevailing agrarian crisis, Captain Amarinder also issued directions for smooth procurement of maize crop. He said that maize being an alternate crop was important to break the conventional wheat and paddy cycle.The DC told the CM that two maize dryers were operational in Saila Khurd and Phuglana villages of the district. He pointed out that the Hoshiarpur district has surpassed the last year’s total procurement of 5.50 lakh quintal with the arrival of 5.73 lakh quintal maize across the various mandis in the district. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, MLA Tanda Sangat Singh Giljian, Sham Chaurasi MLA Pawan Kumar Adia, Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora, Mukerian MLA Rajnish Kumar Babbi, Dasuya MLA Arun Kumar Dogra, Chabbewal MLA Dr. Raj Kumar, IG Police Arpit Shukla, SSP J. Elanchezhian and senior officers of various departments.
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