Farmers got better opportunities due to e-procurement in state

Food & civil supplies minister Kunwar Shah at national workshop

kunwa6.4.16Bhopal, April 6, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan):  Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah has said that farmers have got better opportunities of selling their produce due to implementation of e-procurement system in Madhya Pradesh. Under this system, farmers are being paid price of their produce within time-limit. Kunwar Shah was addressing a national workshop on e-procurement system here today. E-procurement system has been implemented in the state from year 2012-13. Officers from 14 states are attending the national workshop. They would give presentations on e-procurement systems of their states. Kunwar Shah said that a number of facilities are given to farmers at procurement centres.

He informed that for e-procurement, farmers are registered on the basis of sowing area, irrigation facilities etc. Later, Revenue Department’s staff verifies these facts. He said that farmers have got rid of middlemen due to e-procurement system. State’s e-procurement system has also been lauded at the national level. He informed that 75 lakh MT wheat is estimated to be procured during this Rabi season. Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Mr. Ashok Warnwal informed that the state government has ended dependence on manual process and started computerized procurement.

Under the scheme, computers, printers and UPS have been provided to about 3000 procurement centres. Registration of sown area of farmers is done at procurement centres itself. SMS facility has been introduced to send messages to farmers so that they are not required to wait for long at procurement centres. Payment against procurement is directly deposited in farmers’ bank accounts within 7 days.  The PS informed that 73 lakh 10 thousand MT wheat was procured from 9 lakh 57 thousand 195 farmers during last Rabi season. Payment of Rs. 10,59,956 lakh was made to them. State’s e-procurement system has been conferred several awards including United Nations Public Service Award. Union Secretary of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection also spoke on the occasion.