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Mandi Board provides 1.5 lakh masks, 15000 sanitizer bottles for its 5600 employees

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The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, April 18

The Punjab Mandi Board has made arrangements to observe health protocol by providing 1.50 lakh masks and 15,000 bottles of sanitizers to its 5600 officials so as to ensure hassle-free procurement of wheat in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Chief Secretary Viswajeet Khanna said that 5600 employees of Mandi Board had been relentlessly working for the last one month in Mandis to ensure seamless procurement operations during Rabi Marketing Season 2020-21.

Further, he said that the highest priority was being accorded to maintain health protocol besides implementing advisories issued by the state government. Special efforts are afoot to maintain social distancing during procurement operations amongst the farmers, Arthiyas, labour, market committee, and other associated people.

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The ACS further said that the entire staff of the Mandi Board and market committees were proactively engaged in the procurement of wheat. Apart from this, Mandi Board has already been mandated to issue passes and till now over 3.5 lakh such passes have been issued to farmers through Arthiyas. During the entire season around 27 lac passes are estimated to be issued.

To avoid crowd and congestion in the mandis amid COVID-19, the number of purchase centres have also been doubled to 3691 this year with a target to procure 135 lakh metric tonnes of wheat.

He further pointed out that farmers were being asked to bring their produce in Mandis in a staggered manner as a preventive measure to keep the spread of coronavirus under check. The board has already chalked out a time-bound action plan to issue passes, provide potable water and ensure sanitation since the procurement operations are expected to continue till May end or first week of June.

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