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2.85 lakh passes issued by mandi board to help farmers procure the wheat produce

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The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, April 17

The Mandi Board has issued 2.85 lakh passes to the farmers through Arthiyas to ensure hassle-free procurement of wheat.

Disclosing this today, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Viswajeet Khanna said that 3691 mandis had been set up to avoid crowd and congestion, of which 1824 are on a temporary basis. He further said that to ensure prompt procurement of crops in these Mandis 2,84,285 passes had been given to farmers through Arthiyas so as to enable them to sell their produce as per their turn.

Khanna also said that these passes are being directly issued to farmers through Arthiyas and there is no condition or restriction to get these passes through any app. He asked the farmers to approach their Arthiyas for passes to take their crops to Mandis.

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The ACS further said that to keep the spread of coronavirus under check, a top priority is given to strictly maintain social distancing and health protocol.

Listing the several steps taken by Mandi Board amid COVID-19, ACS said that 27000 liters of sanitizers had been provided in all the Mandis across the state for cleaning of hands to ensure proper hygiene, health and safety of farmers so as to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus.

He also informed that 1300 washbasins operated with feet had been installed along with overhead water tanks of 500-liter capacity each in all the Main and Sub yards. Also said that all the mandis are being sanitized with the spray of sodium hypochlorite to ensure proper sanitation besides health safety of the people, added Khanna.

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