Aim of the exercise is to weed out middlemen, says Joint Collector

The State government has constituted a committee to re-allot stalls at rythu bazaars across the district. A thorough scrutiny of present stalls will be done prior to allotment of stalls, according to Joint Collector Guarav Uppal.

The Joint Collector inspected the stalls at Swaraj Maidan Rythu Bazaar here on Tuesday. Later, speaking to reporters, Mr. Uppal said the government issued a GO constituting a committee under the chairmanship of the Joint Collector and marketing department director, youth welfare officer, DRDA, APD and estate officers concerned as members. The committee will scrutinise the applications.

The exercise was taken up to weed out middlemen at the bazaars. A team, comprising Revenue and Marketing Estate Officials, would visit each and every stall to put a check on the stall owners who were not genuine.

Identity card

Only one person on behalf of farmer would be allowed to sell their produce at the bazaar. A photo identity card of both farmer and his or her representative would be issued. The stalls would be cancelled if the owners do not wear the identity cards.

The farmers would not be allowed to sell the vegetables not mentioned in his or her card. The Estate Officers would be held responsible if the stall owners found selling vegetables other than mentioned on their ID card.

Mr. Uppal said the Swaraj Maidan was being spruced up with Rs. 50 lakh. Close to Rs.1.5 crore would be spent on carrying out repairs to rythu bazaars in the district. A new bazaar would be operational at Bhavanipuram shortly, he said.

Marketing Department Joint Director M. Diwakar, Deputy Director P. Sudhakar, Assistant Director K. Jhansi Rani, Urban Tehsildar J. Srinivas, Estate Officers Srikanth, Balaji, and Amir and others were present.

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