Chandigarh, November 30 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal, announced that physical verification of stock of paddy purchased in the mandis during the current Kharif procurement season would be conducted by the officer of the level of Additional Chief Secretary or Principal Secretary in each district in coming two weeks.
The Chief Minister made this announcement after discussion on Calling Attention Motions moved by Leader of Opposition, Mr. Abhay Chautala, INLD MLAs Mr. Zakir Hussain, Mr. Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhull and Mr. Naseem Ahmad on the first day of the Winter Session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
The Chief Minister informed the House that as the irregularities worth crores of rupees were found in warehouse of wheat at Ambala, Pehowa, Ismailabad and Palwal, on the same pattern, physical verification of paddy stock with rice millers would be conducted. He said that not even a single farmer had complained against arthiyas about irregularities in paddy procurement. Paddy is purchased every year and its procurement is done by rice millers on behalf of government agencies. Necessary quota for the same is determined. Farmer brings their crop to mandis with more than permitted moisture level of 17 per cent.
He said that he had himself visited Karnal mandi where moisture in crop was examined in his presence in two dheris and found 24 and 23.5 per cent moisture. Farmer and aartis mutually agreed for payment below MSP due to over and above the moisture content in crop. He said that first time PUSA 1509 was purchased on MSP at the rate of Rs 1450 per quintal as its market price had slashed up to Rs 900. He said that government has also procured 1.72 lakh MT PUSA paddy whereas millers had purchased 4.28 lakh MT paddy. In addition, agricultural engineers have been asked to develop combine machines with dryer facility.
The Chief Minister said that the Food and Supplies Department had purchased 66,000 MT PUSA-1509, Hafed had purchased 68,000 MT, Haryana Agro Industries had 13,000 MT and Haryana Warehouse Corporation had purchased 25,000 MT. He said that millers had to give 67 KG rice to Food Corporation of India on one quintal of paddy whereas 62 KG rice on one quintal in case of PUSA-1509.
The Chief Minister informed the House that the millers who have not supplied 20 per cent rice by November 30, investigation of those would be carried out within 15 days. He said that 41 millers have been blacklisted for not supplying rice during last year. At present, there are about 750 rice millers in the State.
Mr. Manohar Lal urged members of all parties that if they all agree for separate Minimum Support Price for three varieties of paddy namely Basmati, PUSA and Grade-A, a letter should be sent to the Central Government for the same.
The Chief Minister also apprised the House that paddy was procured by procurement agencies on behalf of the Food Corporation of India. He said that PUSA-1509 paddy was purchased timely and farmers are getting its remunerative price. He said that purchase system in mandis of Haryana is better than the neighbouring states and farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan also come to mandis of Haryana. He said that produce of Haryana farmers is purchased first thereafter produce of other state’s farmers is considered. He also informed about the receipt of paddy sold to an arthiya by a farmer in October 2010 which had details of moisture cut and other deductions. He said that corruption in any form would not be tolerated whether committed by leader, officers, officials or public. It is the priority of the government to break this vicious circle of corruption.
Haryana Food and Supplies Minister, Mr. Karan Dev Kamboj said that paddy has always been procured on the basis of moisture content. However, keeping in view the interests of the farmers, the present government has provided the facility of ‘Jharna’ and fans to dry the paddy with high moisture content, and many of them have started availing themselves of this facility. However, if the farmer wants to sell his produce in a hurry, it is the ahrtiyas and rice millers to make an assessment of the price to be paid. It is in deference to the demand of the farmers that the state government started the procurement process from September 24, instead of October 1.