Special Correspondent

Target for Thanjavur district is five lakh tonnes

THANJAVUR: The Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) has planned to procure 16 lakh tonnes of paddy in the State during this Kharif period from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010 said M.Veera Shanmugha Moni, Managing Director of TNCSC here on Tuesday.

He told presspersons that out of this, 13 lakh tonnes is expected to be procured from the Cauvery delta districts of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.

Target for Thanjavur district is five lakh tonnes, Tiruvarur district five lakh tonnes and Nagappattinam district three lakh tonnes.

A total of 17.93 lakh tonnes of paddy was procured in the State during 2008-2009 kharif season, Mr. Veera Shanmugha Moni said.

A total of 360 Direct Purchase Centres will function in Thanjavur district, 370 in Tiruvarur district and 230 in Nagapattinam district.

Decentralised system

Under the decentralised procurement system followed now, 17 per cent moisture content is allowed.

Relxation of norms

“We have written to the Central Government to relax this norm so that paddy with more moisture content is procured to help farmers. Orders are expected,” he said.

At present including the Rs. 50 incentive provided by the State Government, Rs. 1,100 per quintal is paid for fine variety of paddy at the DPCs.

Rs. 1,050 per quintal is paid for common variety.

All arrangements have been made for procuring samba paddy this year.

Adequate gunnies, fund and electronic balances are available at DPCs for procuring paddy.

To curb malpractices

To curb malpractices and ensure proper purchase from farmers, a senior manager will monitor the every day procurement from head office at Chennai apart from flying squad and vigilance officials working at the district level.

Later Mr. Veera Shanmugha Moni held discussions with officials regarding procurement of samba paddy.

Collector M. S. Shanmugham, Senior Regional Managers of TNCSC, Pichaiyah (Thanjavur) Robinson (Tiruvarur) and Viswanathan (Nagapattinam) participated in the meeting.