Civil Supplies Commissioner Harpreet Singh has said that efforts are on to pay minimum support price to paddy farmers in the State.

Interacting with farmers at the paddy purchase centre at Rajanagaram near here on Saturday, Mr. Singh said that farmers should avail themselves of the facilities at the paddy purchasing centres to get the price fixed by the government. A price of Rs. 750 per bag was fixed for A grade paddy, he said and added that the money would be paid to the farmers at the paddy purchase centres without any delay. He also said that there was no shortage of space in godowns to store paddy in the State.

On new ration cards, the Commissioner said that 32 lakh applications had been received during the Rachabanda programme in the State. Of them, three lakh were from East Godavari district. The Chief Minister reviewed the situation and a decision would be taken on the issue soon, he added.

Director, Civil Supplies, A. Dinakaran Babu, who accompanied the Commissioner, said that 1,289 paddy purchase centres were opened in the State, wherein 9 lakh tonnes was purchased so far.

Levy rice

On levy rice procurement, 57 lakh tonnes was procured as against the target of 85 lakh tonnes in the State, he said. The remaining would be procured in a couple of months.