Chandigarh: The procurement businesses have procured greater than 93 per cent of the overall arrived wheat within the mandis of Punjab up to now and funds amounting to Rs 7,594 crore have already been transferred to the financial institution accounts of two.26 lakh beneficiary farmers below the newly applied direct profit switch (DBT) scheme.
The Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, disclosed this after chairing a high-level assembly to overview the continuing wheat procurement operations amidst the Covid surge within the agrarian state, right here on Saturday.
She mentioned 71.48 LMT of the 76.32 LMT wheat had already been procured, which accounts for over 93 per cent of the overall arrival. This was even if practically 300 per cent extra wheat has arrived within the mandis this yr as in comparison with 29.32 LMT arrival recorded throughout the corresponding interval final yr of which 27.32 LMT was procured within the earlier Rabi advertising season until today.
Reiterating Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s resolve of procuring each single grain of wheat arriving within the mandis, the Chief Secretary mentioned the state authorities has already arrange ‘farmers assist desks’ within the grain markets throughout the state, the place Mandi Board officers and IT professionals have been aiding the peasants of their registration on the Centre’s ‘Anaaj kharid’ portal to make sure well timed cost immediately into their financial institution accounts below the DBT scheme.
As many as 7 lakh of the ten lakh farmers have already uploaded their paperwork on the mentioned portal within the state until date.
Instructing the Meals and Civil Provides division and Mandi Board officers to make sure well timed cost to the farmers and seamless lifting of the procured shares from the mandis, Ms Mahajan sought additional acceleration within the tempo of lifting of the bought meals grain from the mandis to keep away from overcrowding and any loss to the procured shares because of inclement climate.
She knowledgeable that just about 22,000 arhtiyas (fee brokers) have been earlier registered with the Meals and Civil Provides division and funds have been transferred into their financial institution accounts for making additional funds to the farmers. Nevertheless, from the present Rabi advertising season with the introduction of the DBT scheme, the funds have been being immediately transferred by the procurement businesses into the financial institution accounts of the farmers for the sale of their produce.
To make sure the well being and security of farmers, the arhtiyas, labourers, workers of procurements businesses and different stakeholders, the Chief Secretary mentioned the state authorities has arrange Covid vaccination camps in all 154 market committees throughout the state to inoculate the folks above the age of 45 years visiting grain markets. Greater than 6,142 eligible individuals have been vaccinated at these camps within the state up to now.
The Extra Chief Secretary Improvement Anirudh Tiwari identified that the state management room arrange by the Mandi Board has successfully resolved all 650 telephonic complaints/ points associated to the wheat procurement up to now to the satisfaction of the complainant farmers. He additionally knowledgeable that 12.44 lakh passes had been issued up to now to the farmers to handle the staggered motion of wheat in view of the Covid disaster to keep away from overcrowding within the mandis.
On the problem of lifting, the Principal Secretary Meals and Civil Provides KAP Sinha knowledgeable that at current, there was no scarcity of gunny luggage within the grain markets. Nevertheless, there have been initially some issues as a result of non-functioning of the jute mills in Kolkata at its full capability as a result of ongoing Meeting elections in West Bengal, which had adversely impacted the availability of gunny luggage in Punjab.
He additionally knowledgeable that 14.2 crore gunny luggage had already been used for packaging of wheat in addition to one crore luggage per day have been being provided to all of the grain markets throughout the state.