May 23, 2020 06:00 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the payment of farmers and commission agents is made within four days as soon as the wheat is purchased and lifted from the mandis for the warehouses. During this procurement season, the payments have been made through the pool account after the consent of both farmers and commission agents.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala, who is also holding the portfolio of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department said that it is the priority of the State government to purchase every single grain from the mandis and Haryana has implemented minimum support price for food grains such as gram, barley, paddy, jowar, bajra and maize.

He said that even amid the nationwide lockdown, the process of systematic arrangement of procurement is the result of continuous monitoring and supervision. Till now, more than 73 lakh metric tonne of wheat and more than 8 lakh metric tonne of mustard has been successfully procured. In addition to this, more than 5,081 metric tonne of gram has also been procured.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that Covid- 19 has affected the entire world. Everyone had faced difficulty in the beginning, in view of which the State government started procuring mustard from April 5 and wheat from April 20, 2020. Despite the fact that the procurement process was conducted efficiently, some politicians could not digest the effectiveness of the same. Whereas the reality is that about Rs 22,000 crore cash credit has already been arranged so as to make timely payments to farmers and 2.5 percent commission for the commission agents, he said.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that according to the information given on 'Meri Fasal Mera Byora', there are no restrictions on the quantity of yield, the farmers can bring. He said that the wheat procurement is mainly done through four government procurement agencies: Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, HAFED, Haryana State Warehousing Corporation and Food Corporation of India in which 25 percent is purchased by Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, 45 percent by HAFED, 18 percent by Haryana State Warehousing Corporation and 12 percent by Food Corporation of India. Mustard seed for Nafed is procured by HAFED.

Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that initially for wheat procurement, there were about 389 grain markets, which have been increased to 1895, after adding additional purchase centres. There were 71 mandis for procuring mustard which have been increased to 182 after adding 112 additional purchase centres. Similarly, 30 mandis or procurement centres have also been set up for grams. 


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