Mandis to start closing from 5th may : lal chand kataruchak
Centre orders fresh sampling of shrivelled grains
Chandigarh : Following a drastic decline in wheat arrivals across the state, the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has decided to conclude the procurement of wheat in Mandis across the State.Sharing these details with a section of media persons, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister, Lal Chand Kataruchak said that the closure of mandis in the state shall be done in a phased manner starting from 5th May. The notification in this regard would be issued by the Mandi Board.The Minister thanked the farmers, arhtiyas, Mandi labour, transporters and government officials involved in the month long exercise of procurement of wheat in the state. He expressed satisfaction on the pace of purchase and the speedy disbursal of MSP dues directly into the bank accounts of the farmers. This, he said, happened despite the challenges posed by the inclement weather which had resulted in shrivelling of grains in most parts of the state.
Following a spurt in global wheat prices, most states had witnessed a drastic drop in government purchase of wheat, but once again Punjab led the nation in contributing the largest quantity of wheat into the central pool, he said. The State had purchased more than 93 Lakh Tons of wheat so far, he added.On a query regarding the delay in relaxation of norms for shrivelled grains, he said that the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India had decided to send a second set of officials to take samples from the Mandis to ascertain the extent of problem of shrivelling of grains. He assured full cooperation of the State Government to the visiting officials of Government of India.