Paddy purchase to be staggered amid Covid - ECAS Punjab

Paddy purchase to be staggered amid Covid

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 26

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan today reviewed the state's preparedness for the paddy procurement season, slated to begin from September 27 to November 30.

Presiding over a high-level review meeting of the Paddy Procurement Committee for kharif season, Mahajan directed the departments concerned to ensure social distancing to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and that the procurement be made in a staggered manner as farmers would enter the mandis with passes issued to them 72 hours in advance. Only one tractor-trailer would be allowed on one pass. Mandi yards have been marked with blocks to maintain social distancing.

The Chief Secretary said total 4,019 procurement centres had been set up, which included 152 main yards, 283 sub-yards, 1,436 purchase centres, 524 temporary yards and 1,624 mills.

She also directed the Punjab Mandi Board and the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to explore possibilities to increase the number of centres to over 4,500 to ensure hassle-free, smooth and timely procurement of paddy.

from The Tribune

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