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C.M. Chouhan asks collectors to increase onion purchase centres

12 Jun 2017
C.M. Chouhan asks collectors to increase onion purchase centres

In view of bumper arrival of onion in the state, the Chief Minister Chouhan has instructed the district collectors to increase the purchase centres according to requirement of their respective districts. He was holding dialogue with divisional commissioners and collectors through Video Conferencing about procurement arrangements of onions and other agricultural produce at Mantralaya here today.

The Chief Minister instructed the collectors to constantly monitor the law and order situation. He said that good governance is the top priority. Those violating law and order should be strictly dealt with.

CM Chouhan asked the collectors to buy and distribute onions immediately saying that they have all the right to conveniently increase number of purchase centres to meet specific requirements, if needed. He asked them to ensure that trucks carrying onions are unloaded and returned to refill them so as to maintain continuity of supply. Onions will be sold to the poor at a rate of Rs. 2 per kg through ration shops. It was informed that the onion purchase is gaining pace with all arrangements.

In order to purchase moong.  arrangements have been made by the NAFED an institution of the Government of India. As many as 80 purchase centres have been set up for tuar, 62 for moong and 48 for Urad. These purchase centres can be further increased. The Chief Minister directed to keep a watch on the purchase arrangements. The state government will give full support to the NAFED. The Chief Minister made it clear that there is no limit to the purchasing of onions or other produce. Whatever quantity farmers bring with them will be purchased, he added.

Instructing the collectors of cotton producing districts to be alert about rate of Bt Cotton seed saying that the Bt cotton seeds should not be sold above rates fixed by the Government of India. If this is reported then strict action would be taken against the responsible persons. He directed the collectors to take effective public hearing on a regular basis so that public services will be availed timely. The Chief Minister also talked about the preparations for massive plantation on July 2 along the banks of Narmada. He also informed about School Chale Hum drive.

The Chief Secretary Shri B. P. Singh, Director General of Police, Shri R. K Shukla and senior officials were present.