Every single grain to be purchased from farmers

State govt to create capacity of storing 7 lakh metric tones

CM reviews procurement and storage arrangements

lead10.5.12Bhopal, May 10, 2012 (Muslim Saleem): Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has instructed that every single grain of wheat should be purchased from farmers and do not let their wheat to rot. Procurement of wheat on support price should not stop at any procurement centre. It is the State Government’s commitment. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan reviewed arrangements for wheat procurement and storage here today. It was informed that the State Government will create capacity to store seven lakh metric tonnes of wheat in six districts at its own level.

For this, four teams headed by four senior Principal Secretaries have been constituted, who have commenced work from today. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that bags should be purchased at the local level keeping their quality for storage purpose. The capacity to store wheat in the open should be created on a war-footing. For this, arrangements should be made at mandis, vacant shades in industrial areas and other government buildings. He instructed that work should be undertaken on a war footing to ensure that procurement process must continue unabated and at all procurement centres.

Chief Secretary Mr. R. Parasuram informed at the meeting that storage capacity for seven lakh metric tonnes of wheat without gunny bags will be created within a week. This capacity will be created in Hoshangabad, Harda, Dhar, Vidisha, Sehore, and Raisen districts. Teams headed by Principal Secretaries have been constituted for these six districts including Principal Secretary Mr. K.K. Singh for Hoshangabad, Principal Secretary Mr. R.S. Julaniya for Harda, Principal Secretary Mrs. Aruna Sharma for Sehore and Raisen districts and Principal Secretary P.C. Meena for Dhar and Vidisha districts. The wheat stored at these places will be filled in gunny bags after May 31. Storage capacity of 1.5 lakh metric tonnes each will be created in Hoshangabad and Harda districts and 75 thousand tonnes each in Dhar, Vidisha, Sehore and Raisen districts. New procurement centres will also be opened at these places.