Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday deputed 6 IAS officers to visit and review the procurement operations at the Mandis and submit the detailed reports by April 30. Meanwhile, the officials will visit the Mandis allocated to them in various districts on April 28-29 for on-ground assessment of the ongoing Rabi Market Season 2020-21 procurement operations.
They have been tasked to check the implementation of the curfew pass system, village-wise arrivals of wheat in the Mandis assigned, inspecting the quality of wheat, and adherence to COVID-19 protocol.
MD Punjab State Warehousing Corporation Nilkanth S Avhad has been deputed to oversee the wheat procurement operations in Ropar and SBS Nagar districts, MD MARKFED Varun Roojam (Amritsar & Tarantaran), Director Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Anindita Mitra (SAS Nagar), Secretary Mandi Board Ravi Bhagat (SBS Nagar, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar), MD PUNSUP Rambir (Jalandhar & Kapurthala) and MD PAFC Manjit Brar (Gurdaspur & Pathankot).
All these officers have been instructed to ensure implementation/adherence to the guidelines already given to the Deputy Commissioners regarding procurement and lifting of wheat within the stipulated time-frame.
Meanwhile, the Additional Chief Secretary Development Viswajeet Khanna said that out of 49.36 LMT of wheat that had so far arrived in various Mandis across the state, 47.33 LMT had already been procured, as compared with 41.92 LMT procured of the 46.70 LMT that had arrived in the commensurate period last year.