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Two lakh gunny bags will be despatched soon: official

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Inspects purchase centres in Kusumanchi, Nelakondapalli and Gokinapalli

Taking stock:Special officer for paddy procurement Neerab Kumar Prasad inspects paddy procurement centre at Medepalli in Khammam District on Tuesday. Joint collector M.M. Naik is seen.— Photo: G. N. RAO
Taking stock:Special officer for paddy procurement Neerab Kumar Prasad inspects paddy procurement centre at Medepalli in Khammam District on Tuesday. Joint collector M.M. Naik is seen.— Photo: G. N. RAO

Andhra Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has agreed to despatch nearly two lakh gunny bags in the next 24 hours for distribution of the same to the paddy purchase centres in the district, said Neerab Kumar Prasad, Managing Director, A P State Housing Corporation, and the special officer appointed to oversee the process of paddy procurement in the district.

Mr. Prasad inspected the paddy purchase centres in Kusumanchi, Nelakondapalli, Gokinapalli and Pedda Tanda villages in the district on Tuesday.

He collected first-hand information from the farmers on the status of procurement of paddy at the respective centres. The members of the women self-help groups apprised the special officer about the acute shortage of gunny bags and lack of transportation arrangements at the purchase centre run by them under Indira Kranthi Patham at Gokinapalli. Later, talking to media persons along with Collector Siddarth Jain, Mr. Prasad said that the Managing Director of the Civil Supplies Corporation has assured that he would arrange for the transport of nearly two lakh gunny bags in a day. This apart, the district administration has already placed orders to procure around one lakh gunny bags, he said adding that the problem of short supply would be met once the stock of bags arrives here.

Arrangements have been made to ensure adequate electronic weighing machines and tarpaulins at the purchase centres.

‘Logistic support'

Stating that a total of 10,000 metric tonnes of paddy was procured by 37 purchase centres in the district so far, he asked the officials concerned to extend the necessary logistic support to the purchase centres and ensure Rs 1,030 MSP per quintal of paddy to each and every farmer. He said that the officials concerned will convene a meeting with the rice millers on Wednesday to insist on payment of MSP to the farmers and obtain self declarations from the millers to this effect. The Collector has asked the transport officials to provide 60 to 70 lorries to the IKP run purchase centres. Joint Collector M. M. Naik and others were present.

TDP MLA criticised

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Police Officers' Association strongly criticised TDP MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar for allegedly targeting the police during an agitation which he launched on alleged poor show of the administration in paddy procurement. S. Dasaradhi, president of the association district branch, said it was quite unbecoming for a public representative like Mr. Prabhakar to behave ‘highhandedly' with the police on duty.


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  • 10,000 tonnes of paddy procured by 37 purchase centres, he says



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