201 women IKP centres, 20 procurement centres by Civil Supplies Dept. to be opened
The district administration is gearing up to procure farm produce by providing minimum support price (MSP). It will open 201 women IKP centres and 20 procurement centres by the Civil Supplies Department during this kharif beginning November 1.
The administration, which is upbeat following the procurement of a record 6 lakh tonnes of paddy during the last rabi season by opening 240 IKP procurement centres, is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the farmers secure MSP for their paddy and that too at their doorstep.
At a meeting with the district revenue, IKP women groups and other officials here on Thursday, Collector Smita Sabharwal told the officials to ensure that the farmers secured MSP without any hindrance for 45 days at all IKP centres. Expecting that the millers and traders would also ensure the MSP to the farmers, she directed the authorities to list out the names of farmers and their villages and give specific dates for arrival along with their produce to the IKP procurement centre to avoid confusion.
She also urged the farmers to properly clean their produce before coming to the IKP centres. She said that they were also taking measures to ensure that the farmers secured money within five days after procurement of their produce at the IKP centres. She said that there was no shortage of gunny bags as they had a stock of around 40 lakh bags in the district. She told the authorities concerned to supply the necessary materials such as weighing machines, tarpaulins, moisture checking machines, cleaning machines, etc. at the IKP centres.
Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar told the officials to maintain coordination among all the departments to help farmers at the procurement centres.
He said that they would provide a laptop computer to record procurement online. He also directed the officials to check the farmers' passbooks or pahanis during the procurement.