CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Department to ensure elaborate preparations in place for easy and hassle-free paddy procurement throughout Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2021-22.
The Agriculture department has mounted the goal of 197.47 LMT of paddy manufacturing throughout present KMS with sowing of crop over 30 lakh hectares throughout the State.
Notably, the department efficiently procured 202.83 LMT Paddy in Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 & 132.10 LMT Wheat in Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22 (RMS 2021-22).
Chairing a excessive degree assembly to evaluate the functioning of the Department right here by video conferencing, the Chief Minister additionally requested the Food and Civil Supplies department to tie up with Centre properly upfront for well timed procurement of gunny luggage (bardana) moreover making certain requisite logistics together with transportation and labour for un-interrupted lifting of paddy in order that the farmers may get cost of their produce inside the stipulated timeline.
The Chief Minister additionally requested the Secretary Food and Civil Supplies to ensure speedy distribution of foodgrains to the beneficiaries.
Taking half within the deliberations, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu assured the Chief Minister that the department would go away no stone unturned to ensure well timed and seamless procurement of Paddy throughout KMS 2021-22 like earlier 9 consecutive procurements of each Rabi and Kharif since March, 2017.
Making a quick presentation Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Rahul Tiwari apprised the Chief Minister that the department has already developed a software program to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) throughout KMS 2021-22. For procurement, the department capabilities by its ANAAJ KHARID PORTAL which has registered almost 10 lakh Farmers, 24000 Arthiyas and 4000 Millers.
As many as 1.51 crore eligible beneficiaries have been distributed Wheat by on-line mode beneath NFSA, 2013.
It was additionally knowledgeable that beneath Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna’s (PMGKAY) Phase-I & Phase-II of Wheat & Pulses and Phase-III of Wheat, further allocation to all 1.41 crore NFSA 2013 beneficiaries has been made. Apart from this, 14 lakh food packets beneath Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme, 17 lakh Dry Ration Packets have been distributed to needy from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) beneath CM Covid Relief Program and one lakh further Food Packets are beneath distribution to Covid-19 optimistic sufferers.
The Legal Metrology Wing of the department has elevated its income final yr from Rs.14 crore to 20 crores and the identical is probably going to go up to Rs.26 crore.
Meanwhile, Director Food and Civil Supplies Ravi Bhagat up to date the Chief Minister about a number of IT initiatives to convey much more effectivity in its functioning including he mentioned Automation of Post Harvesting processes has been accomplished for J-Form’s integration, H-Register integration, Automatic calculation of Arthiyas charges, Release Order Management, Gate Pass administration system.
Further, for Automation of Post Harvesting Processes the Transportation Management utilizing VTS, Management of stacks by RFIDs/QR code, Central Monitoring Cell for godowns and shellers are being developed.
Another PDS cellular App, Linking of Ration Card with DigiLocker is within the pipeline. The proposal for NFC & QR code enabled ID-cum-Business Cards for its staff are beneath energetic consideration of the department. The technique of issuance of licenses and its renewal for Brick Kiln, Solvents, Naphtha and Kerosene Oil sellers is being made on-line beneath ease of doing enterprise. Likewise, GIS mapping of all these is to be executed to improve each its transparency and accountability, added Bhagat.