Haryana to start wheat procurement from April 1

While neighbouring state Punjab has deferred wheat procurement till April 10 owing to spike in Covid-19 cases, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said the procurement centres would be increased to ensure hassle-free procurement commencing April 1.

He said 100 per cent direct online payment transfer in the accounts of the farmers should be ensured.

Last year, the state had transferred over 50 per cent of the payments directly to the accounts of the farmers and the rest was made through arhtiyas or commission agents.

“In view of the increasing Covid-19 cases, the health safety arrangements must be ensured and the Deputy Commissioners should ensure safety protocols are strictly followed at each procurement centre,” he said.

The Chief Minister also issued directions to strengthen the ‘mandi’ system along with making timely arrangements for the availability of labourers, gunny bags, etc.

“Suitable transportation arrangements should be made for lifting of the crops from the ‘mandis’ on time and if any transporter fails to lift the crops within 48 hours, then alternative transport arrangements should be made,” said Khattar.