Ministers satisfied with wheat procurement arrangements
Hoshiarpur, Apr 10 (UNI) Punjab Food and Civil Supplies Avtar Henry today said that said that necessary arrangements for the regular and smooth procurement of wheat including its lifting had already been made at all the centres of state to avoid any inconvenience to the farmers.
Talking to media persons here, he said that steps had also been taken to ensure that payment to the farmers are made within 24 hours after weighing their produce. ''The state government had acquired requisite amount for this purpose,'' he added.
Replying to a question, Mr Henry said that wheat was being supplied to the mill owners at the rate of Rs 865 per quintal by the FCI. After milling and other expenses on it, including profit, wheat flour should be sold at the rate of Rs 10 per kg in the market, he said, warning mill and 'chaki' owners that they should sell the wheat flour according to the price fixed by the government, failing which strict action would be taken against them.
He said that flour was being supplied to the families living below poverty line at the rate of Rs four per kg through ration depots in the state.
Referring to the soaring prices of pulses, he said that state government had already taken up this issue with the centre.
'' Punjab is not a pulses producing state, and it is importing pulse from other states like Gujarat and Maharashtra. However, steps are being taken to bring down the rates of pulses,'' he added.
While describing the achievements of his department he said that PUNSUP had earned a profit of Rs 57 crore during last year, and repaid the principal amount of Rs 32 crore to the state government.
He said that PUNSUP was constructing its own offices at Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur at a cost of Rs 1.70 crore.
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