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Rice millers in Punjab to register on portal for allotment of their rice mills

Rice millers in Punjab to register on portal for allotment of their rice mills
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Rice millers in Punjab to register on portal for allotment of their rice mills

“A new portal has also been launched for online miller registration and allotment” said Punjab Food & Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu  adding that applications and payments for release order of paddy would be taken online from this season.

Referring to recently released Paddy Policy, Ashu said that several technological interventions had been introduced to bring about transparency and arrest malpractices. Linkages of mandis with mills this season had been done using GPS maping to avoid extra transportation cost, Ashu added

Reiterating Captain Amarinder Singh Government’s commitment to procure each and every grain from farmers in seamless manner, Food & Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu asserted that all preparations for  paddy procurement season began on October 1 were duly in place.

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With a view to prevent recycling of PDS rice, penal invasions under Essential Commodity Act have also been introduced in the policy. Grievance redressal Committee has been set up in each mandis and uninterrupted power supply shall be ensured, he added.

He said as per Agriculture Department report, area under cultivation was 29.20 Lakh hectares and state was expecting procurement of 165 Lakh Metric Tonnes besides arrangement of tarpaulins, gunny bags, stock and storage space finalized. Arrangements for procurement of 170 LMT paddy had been finalized, he said. Strict instructions had also been issued to ensure timely payment to farmers, the Minister added.

In a statement issued here, Ashu said that all arrangements had been made for seamless procurement of paddy  to ensure farmers do not face any hardship. To ensure smooth procurement, 1734 Purchase Centers have been allotted  amongst the procuring agencies, he added.

The Minister also appealed to farmers to bring dry and within specifications paddy to mandis to comolement state’s efforts in ensuing hassle free experience for farmers.