Chandigarh: The Punjab government has made online transactions of over Rs 4,200 crore for the procured wheat in the state till date. Earlier, on Friday transactions over Rs 2,612 crore were made to the commission agents. Stating this here on Monday, an official spokesman of the government said that total 80.26 lakh metric tone of wheat has been procured in the state. The government agencies procured 79.04 LMT where as the private traders procured 1.20 lakh Metric Tones of wheat till date.
Giving the details of the wheat procured by various agencies, the spokesman said that Pungrain procured approximately 19.9 per cent ie 15.94 LMT, Markfed recorded maximum of the 16.46 LMT (20.5 per cent), Punsup procured 14.97 LMT (18.7 per cent), PSWC procured 11.54 LMT (14.4 per cent), PAIC procured 7.80 LMT (9.7 per cent) and FCI procured 12.31 LMT which is about 15.5 per cent of the wheat procured. Referring to the payments made in district Jalandhar Mandis for the wheat procured till date, the spokesman said that total transactions worth Rs 278.08 has been made for more than 3.84 LMT of wheat procured in Jalandhar. Giving the agency wise transactions, the spokesman said that total amount of Rs 47.86 crore was electronically transferred for the farmers’ produce procured by Pungrain.
Similarly for procured wheat by Markfed amount worth Rs 83.66 crore has been online transferred. Punsup given Rs 47.65 crore whereas PSWC got Rs 33.16 crore transferred. An amount of Rs 21.32 crore was electronically transferred to the PAIC, he added. The spokesman also said that an amount of Rs 44.43 crore was paid for the wheat procured by FCI. The spokesman also said that Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adaish Partap Singh Kairon has already directed the field officers to keep a close watch on the procurement operations and follow a three-tier mechanism evolved by the Chief Minister for successful completion of this entire operation. DP
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