DW BUREAU/ CHANDIGARH
Categorically refuting the rumours of ‘glut-like situation’ in the mandis, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu today claimed that the procurement operations state-wide are sailing smooth.
He said that mis-communication is being done as to ‘government-miller standoff leading to distress sale’ and false statistics are being projected to media.
Elucidating the details of the procurement scenario, Ashu said that allotment process is on and more and more agreements are being signed by the millers with each passing day. He said that as many as 1991 mills have been allotted so far including 200 in Sangrur, 290 in Moga, 182 in Ludhiana (W), 184 in Ludhiana (E), 175 in Muktsar, 140 in Patiala, 114 in Ferozepur and 105 in Bathinda.
Besides, as many as 46 out of 50 mills in Fazilka, 14 out of 18 in Tarn Taran,12 out of 14 in Amritsar, 45 out of 64 in Kapurthala have already signed agreements with the government also 119 mills in Muktsar, 109 in Ludhiana(W), 81 in Ludhiana (E), 87 in Sangrur, 44 in Jalandhar, 49 in Moga have signed the same with cumulative figure being 779 in the State till October 11, said he, adding that more agreements are expected to be signed by the evening.
Since ample mills have been roped into the process in areas marked with greater arrivals, so there is no possibility of procurement process being hit, said Ashu. Detailing the lifting statistics, the Minister said that 36 pc lifting of paddy has been accomplished. He informed that as per the percentage of lifting paddy against the 72 hour norm, up to October 8, over 71 pc of the arrivals in Amritsar, 81 pc of the same in Kapurthala, near 50 pc in Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and cent per cent (as against the 72 hour norm) in Fazilka and Muktsar has been achieved. All reports on tardy lifting are ill-founded claimed Food and Civil Supplies Minister.
Regarding procurement status, he updated that as of October 11, nearly 7.76 lakh metric tonne paddy has been procured including 740827 MT by government agencies and 35644 MT by the