Strict monitoring must for wheat procurement success

Multan—Punjab Minister for Food Bilal Yasin said a strict monitoring policy has been devised to make wheat procurement process transparent and successful. Talking to journalists at circuit house on Thursday, Bilal Yasin said that gunny bags distribution would be started from April 25 across the province. He said that gunny bags would be given to small growers having less than 12.5 acre land during the first five days for optimum facilitation.
Provincial minister stated that political influence will not be tolerated at any stage of wheat procurement, especially during gunny bags distribution. However, he informed that labour charges were increased to Rs 9 from Rs 7.5, adding that Additional District Collectors (ADCs) of 36 districts across the province have been deputed as focal persons in their district concerned during the procurement.
“The data of three million growers is available with Punjab Food department”, he said, adding that growers would receive call from CM Secretariat after getting gunny-bags and they could complain regarding any issue. The telephone numbers of all the concerned officials were on display at wheat pro-curement centres, and advertising thorough media was also being done.
He said the growers could also contact officials concerned on notified telephone numbers. Bilal said that wheat procurement policy was termed “kissan friendly policy” by concerned quarters. It was made after consultations with all farmers organizations, adding that the farmers organizations appreciated the policy.—APP

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