Chandigarh: Punjab Government all geared up for smooth paddy procurement this season. Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal held a high level meeting with Mandi Baord officials and market committee secretaries here at Mandi Baord Bhawan to discuss the preparations made by Mandi Baord for hassle free procurement.

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that the Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is committed to purchase and lift every single grain of paddy and provide best facilities in the grain markets.

Agriculture Minister directed the officials to run a special campaign for clearing all illegal encroachments from grain markets. He also asked to make all requisite arrangements to facilitate farmers and other stakeholders i.e cleanliness, drinking water, lighting, toilets, etc.

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that Punjab Government has directed the district administrations not to leave any stone unturned to make proper arrangements in all the 1806 purchase centres across the state.

The Agriculture Minister asked the ACS Agriculture Sarvjit Singh and Special Principal Secretary CM Secretary Mandi Baord Ravi Bhagat to be in touch with Deputy commissioner to make all necessary arrangements for procurement during this paddy season.

During the meeting the authorities informed that for the paddy procurement through Market Committees of the state, besides the officials from the head office and field staff would also perform duties to ensure smooth functioning of the procurement operations.

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