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Millers not following norms, allege Punjab farmers

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Muktsar, October 26

Farmers of Ratta Khera village in the Lambi Assembly segment here have alleged that some rice milers were demanding three bags of paddy free from them for purchase of every 100 bags, citing poor quality of their produce.

Teja Singh, a farmer from the village, said, "We have taken up the matter with senior officers in the district administration, but to no avail. We even protested today on the outskirts of Malout town by blocking a road. Now, we have urged Capt Sandeep Sandhu, political secretary to CM, to intervene. We are suffering a loss of nearly Rs 60 per quintal just because of the cartel of some rice millers and officials of a government procurement agency."

When contacted, Gurmanpreet Singh, District Manager, Markfed, Muktsar, said, "This village was allotted to our agency this year. The purchase is being done as per the norms. Even today crop was procured. As per records available, no purchase was done from the village in the past five years. Now, farmers expect that nearly one lakh bags of paddy will come to the purchase centre."

Dewan Chand Sharma, District Food and Civil Supplies Controller, said, "There was some issue. I have assured the farmers that their produce will be purchased as per the rules." — TNS

from The Tribune

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