- Reiterating that the interest of farmers was paramount to the state government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Uttar Pradesh government was serious about making direct purchase of paddy from farmers under the price support scheme.
He also cautioned the officials concerned against any callousness in this regard and said any such thing would not be tolerated.
“Officials negligent in discharge of their duties will be identified and stringent action will be taken against them,” the chief minister said while reviewing paddy procurement at a high-level meeting convened at his official residence here on Thursday.
He said that one-and-half times more paddy had been procured so far than what was done last year.
“Despite this, the procurement process needs to be further accelerated in view of the wider interests of the farmers,” he said.
Over 4,200 centres have been set up across the state to purchase paddy from farmers on minimum support price (MSP).
The chief minister said that if necessary, additional paddy purchase centres should be opened.
“All the paddy purchasing agencies should work with complete transparency. There should be no laxity in the paddy procurement process,” he said.
Yogi Adityanath said the paddy procurement centres should not be arbitrary and it should be ensured that they were run on time. He said the farmers should be paid for their produce within 72 hours.
The chief minister ordered intensive monitoring of the paddy purchase process and asked the agriculture production commissioner to review it daily. He also said that the entire paddy coming to the market should be purchased and the Cooperative department should expedite the procurement of paddy.
He directed the senior officials of the Cooperative department to do intensive monitoring of the works of its officers posted in the field and take strict action against the workers showing laxity in procuring paddy.
The chief minister said that the Food and Civil Supplies department should also regularly review its paddy purchasing centres in the districts.
Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi, Medical Education Minister Suresh Khanna, Chief Secretary RK Tiwari, Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Alok Tandon, Agriculture Production Commissioner Alok Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Director General of Police Hitesh C Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Sanjeev Mittal, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue). Renuka Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (MSME and Information) Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education) Rajneesh Dube, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi, Additional Chief Secretary (Panchayati Raj and Rural Development) Manoj Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary to CM and Information Sanjay Prasad, Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Bhuvnesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Health) Alok Kumar, Secretary to CM Alok Kumar, Information Director Shishir and other senior officials were present in the meeting