Approval for reuse of gunny bags cheers arhtiyas


DW BUREAU / PATIALA The decision of the Punjab government to allow reuse of used gunny bags in good condition to ensure smooth procurement of wheat during the current Rabi season has brought cheer to arhtiyas and procurement agencies. It may be recalled that Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder had given his nod to address the shortage of gunny bags due to the sudden influx of wheat in the mandis. In continuation of the new instructions regarding the use of used gunny bags, District Food and Supplies Controller Harsharanjit Singh Brar today convened an urgent meeting of the District Managers of various procurement agencies to apprised them of the recent instructions and asked them to the expedite procurement process and lifting by maximum use of used gunny bags. The DFSC while reviewing the distribution of gunny bags among the procurement agencies asked the procuring agencies to ensure the distribution of gunny bags in all the mandis of Patiala district and make the gunny bags available in coordination with the Arhtiyas so that the farmers could sell their produce timely in the wake of inclement weather conditions. The decision of the Punjab government to re-use the used bags was also being applauded by the farmers and arhtiyas by saying that this decision was the need of the hour as shortage of gunny bags had hampered the procurement operation too besides fear of crop damage in the mandis due to the changing weather conditions. The DFSC said the procurement season would be wound up in the next three to four days as most of the produce has already arrived in the mandis due to early harvesting season in Patiala district. (


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