Principal Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies
Department VV Yadav, who was on a visit to Bargarh on Tuesday,
asked the officials to keep a close watch on paddy from Chhattisgarh
coming to Odisha/Bargarh market yards through local Dalals for sale
as Odisha is giving better price than the neighbouring State.
“Halt the paddy loaded vehicles of Chhatisgarh till end of the
procuring season and take stringent legal action against all involved in
the racket,” Yadav told the officials during a review meeting.
“Since paddy from Chhatisgarh is creating a lot of problems for the
State and the Dalals are getting the benefit, the administration needs
to be extra vigilant,” Yadav said.
The Principal Secretary accompanied by MD of State Civil Supply
Corporation Subham Saxena, Registrar of Cooperative Societies
Uddhab Majhi, Bargarh Collector Monisha Banerjee, ADM, CSO, all
Sub Collectors and senior officials reviewed the issues to streamline
paddy procurement for the Dalua paddy so that the farmers will have
a hassle free experience. The paddy collection would continue for
almost a month from May 12 in the district.
Since the region is facing scorching summer and harvesting is going
on, the Principal Secretary asked the district administration and the
Regulated Market Committee (RMC) officials to provide basic
amenities at the market yards, including drinking water, shade,
temporary shelter centres, electricity connections in yards and
accurate weighing machines etc. He also asked to remain prepared for
the unpredicted rains and save paddy without any wastage.
He asked the officials to develop permanent infrastructure in the
market yards so that farmers will get the required facilities there.
Yadav asked the millers of the district to cooperate wholeheartedly
during the entire procurement process.