The Fact News Service
Jalandhar, October 9
In a significant move to curb the illegal inflow of paddy into Punjab from other states, district administration Jalandhar has formed special squadrons to check bogus billing and illegal inflow of paddy in the district.
Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that the teams are putting special Nakas round the clock on all the entry points in the district where vehicles are being checked by joint teams of civil administration and police officials. He stated that a district level task force had been constituted comprising officials from the Police department, Food and Civil Supplies Department, and Punjab Mandi Board so as to ensure that no vehicle could carry out such illegal activities on any route.
Thori further mentioned the state government in its directions had asked the district authorities to initiate such checking to prevent illegal inflow of paddy from other states, following which, the administration has ensured round the clock monitoring of vehicles passing through Jalandhar district. He said that a permanent check post was set up at Phillaur where vehicles coming from other states were being checked thoroughly.
The DC added that these flying squads will continue their operations till the completion of ongoing procurement season. He also said that the decision to check illegal flow of paddy was taken in the larger interest of the state’s peasantry as several cases of illegal transportation of paddy into Punjab was reported by the authorities in the past few years. He said that strict action would be taken against the perpetrators of such acts if any kind of similar incident reported in the district as the Punjab government was firmly committed to protect the interests of the state’s farmers.