Punjab CM directs Secretaries to supervise paddy procurement

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Chandigarh, Nov 11 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered all those Administrative Secretaries, who were earlier asked to oversee the paddy procurement, to immediately re-visit their assigned districts to ensure the smooth and hassle free lifting of paddy from mandis.

The Chief Minister directed them to ensure prompt payment, including bonus, to farmers at the fag end of paddy procurement season.

Chief Minster's Media Advisor Harcharan Bains said that Chief Secretary R I Singh had asked all the administrative secretaries to also review the availability of DAP both in cooperative and private sector and submit report to the government in this regard. They should ensure the fair distribution of DAP to farmers for the sowing of wheat during current rabi season.

As many as 89,498 tonnes paddy was procured in a single day yesterday. The total paddy procurement by six government agencies and traders in the state touched 128,27,753 tonnes.

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