Govt committed for paddy procurement says Verma

Ranchi, Mar 27: Stating that a bumper paddy production had taken place
in Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma said that the state
government was committed for procurement of paddy.
Chairing a review meeting of the Food and the Civil Supplies
Department here she directed the officials that the farmers be
encouraged to sell their paddy and in this work apart from the
panchayat sevaks, Krishi Mitras be also involved and a door to door
campaign be carried out so that the farmers can reach at the
procurement centers.
She directed that to bring the farmers to the procurement centers
the Krishak Mitras be provided the list of all the enrolled farmers
panchayat wise and village wise so that they can contact the farmers
of the respective village and encourage them to sell their paddy. She
said that the Krishak Mitras be provided incentives for ensuring that
50 quintal paddy is procured at the centers.
Officials of the department said that in the state so far 1.2 lakh
metric tonnes of paddy has been procured and out of a total 90,000
farmers who are registered with the department SMS has been sent to
65,000 farmers. Ms Verma said that in the districts where the godowns
have been filled to their capacity in those districts meeting should
be held with rice mill owners.
The Chief Secretary asked the officials to commence work so that
every month 35 kilograms of food grains can be delivered in the homes
of the primitive tribes. She said that from April 1 for the PTG at
block level 35 kilogram packet of foodgrains be prepared by women self
hep groups and by the means of the panchayat sevak they should reach
to the house of the beneficiary. She said that the block supplies
officer and the LDM would be held responsible for this.
She said that the department would provide an incentive of Rs 20
per bag to the panchayat sevaks to undertake this task. Ms Verma said
that from April 5 all such ration cards would be invalid which do not
have the Aadhar numbers and henceforth ration would be provided on the
basis of Aadhar. So far 2 lakh ration cards have been declared invalid
and it is expected that nearly 3 lakh ration cards would be invalid in
the state.
Ms Verma said that the PDS shopowners with the help of the e-pos
machine should also cater to the business of depositing the
electricity bills, railway tickets, cash deposit and withdrawal. She
said that the PDS shopowners be trained so that they can function as
mini banks. She said that the shop owners be trained under district
e-governance society.
Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Department and various other
officials were present in the meeting.

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