The Fact News Service
Ludhiana, April 24
Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik on Monday directed the Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and Chiefs of the procurement agencies to expedite the procurement and lifting of the wheat from the grain markets of Ludhiana.
She said that the produce of farmers was needed to be purchased and lifted at the earliest to facilitate them. She said that the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was firmly committed to the smooth and hassle-free procurement of the wheat and officers were duty-bound to make every effort to ensure that the government’s decision was implemented.
The Deputy Commissioner also asked the officers to maximize the field visits to take stock of the entire operations at ground level. She said that the officers must undertake regular visits to the grain markets under their jurisdiction and submit the daily report to him for regular monitoring. She said that 500920 MT of wheat arrived in the grain markets of the district of which 491012 MT had also been purchased by agencies. Nearly 63 percent of produce had also been lifted and payments worth Rs 818 crores were paid to farmers in Ludhiana.
Malik said that the district administration had made elaborate arrangements to ensure wheat was lifted from the grain markets in a smooth, timely, and hassle-free manner. She said that any sort of laxity in performing this duty was totally unwarranted and undesirable.