• Zero tolerance towards irregularities & corruption; officers to be fully accountable for their work-Bharat Bhushan Ashu
  • No un-purchased wheat in the mandis
  • Despite space crunch 99% of the procured stock lifted
  • Payment worth Rs. 19209 crore made
  • Ensure Rice Delivery by May 30

 Chandigarh, May 25:“There would be zero tolerance towards irregularities and corruption and the officers would be held fully accountable for their work”, said Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punjab. Taking serious note of the alleged irregularities and the laxity towards duty by the Food and Civil Supplies officials, he made it clear that ‘every penny of public money spent and every grain procured is to be accounted for ’.

He was presiding over a review meeting with the officials of the department at Anaj Bhawan, Chandigarh.

 Assessing the wheat procurement, Food and Civil Supplies Minister informed that RMS 2018-19 records a bumper crop arrival in the mandis approximately to the tune of 127.13 lakh metric tonne which is the second highest wheat arrival in a decade while the all time high was 129.34 LMT in 2012-13.

The bumper crop and the fast arrivals to the tune of 9 lakh metric tonne and at times even 10.50 LMT per day during the peak RMS posed a serious challenge to the government towards ensuring timely purchase, lifting and storage. Inclement weather added to the challenge.

Despite all odds and an acute space crunch, cent percent purchase has been made till date and 99% of the purchased stock has been lifted from the mandis. There has also been the prompt release of payment worth Rs. 19209 crore to the farmers through the commission agents of the State. Efforts are afoot to liquidate the rice stocks lying in the godowns and make room for the maximum of the lifted wheat to be put in covered, safe storage.

Reviewing the paddy milling status, Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu directed the department to ensure that after the milling, the entire stock of rice is handed over to FCI by May 30.

Later, Mr. K.A.P. Sinha, Principal Secretary Food, impressed upon the officers to reconcile their accounts with respect to MSP, dami, loading, transportation and labour costs so that the remaining payments may be released and discrepancies if any, be resolved at the earliest. He also asked the officials to be on vigil against attempts of fictitious billing being made by certain unscrupulous elements.

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 COOPERATIVE BANKS MUST SPEED UP ADVANCING OF CROP LOANS: D.P. REDDY

 MAXIMUM CREDIT LIMIT PREPARED WITH REGARD TO 7 LAKH FARMERS

 CHANDIGARH, MAY 25:The Additional Chief Secretary, Cooperation, Mr. D.P. Reddy has instructed the field officers of the department and District Managers of the Central Cooperative Banks to speed up the process of advancing crop loans to the members of cooperative societies for sowing of kharif crops in accordance with the directions of the Cooperation Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

 The Additional Chief Secretary was reviewing the functioning of the Regional Officers of the Cooperative Banks and District Managers of the Central Cooperative Banks here today in a meeting at Punjab State Cooperative Bank, Sector-34.

 During the course of the meeting, Regional Officers apprised the Additional Chief Secretary that out of the approximately 3500 Agricultural Cooperative Societies of the state, the Maximum Credit Limit (MCL) pertaining to 2618 societies has been prepared while the process of preparing the MCL concerning the rest would be completed by 28th May, 2018. The MCL with regard to more than 7 lakh farmers has been prepared. The members of 639 societies have already been advanced the crop loans.

 The Regional Officers also brought to the attention of the Additional Chief Secretary that MCL of 80 percent of the societies has been prepared. In Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Moga, Bathinda, Mansa and Amritsar Districts MCL work of 100 percent societies has been completed. Mr. D.P. Reddy instructed the regional officers that work regarding the MCL preparation of rest of the agricultural cooperative societies be completed by 28th May, 2018. He also assured that the cooperative societies are always engaged in working for the welfare of the farming community. He also reviewed the debt relief being granted to the marginal farmers.

 Among others present on the occasion included Registrar, Cooperative Societies Punjab Mr. Arvinder Singh Bains, Special Secretary Cooperation Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, MD Milkfed Mr. Manjit Singh Brar, Additional Registrar Mr. Vimal Setia, MD Punjab State Cooperative Bank Mr. S.K. Batish and MD Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank Mr. Harinder Singh Sidhu.

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 Beas Tragedy: XEN and SDO of Batala suspended

 Environment Minister asks officials to ensure regular testing in their jurisdiction

 Chandigarh, May 25-Punjab Environment Minister Mr. Om Prakash Soni today suspended the Executive Officer (XEN) Kuldeep Singh and SDO Amritpal Singh Chahal of Regional Environment Office Batala in a case of molasses spill in Beas.

 Mr. Soni said that these officers did not properly monitor the area of Kirri Afghana, which falls in their jurisdiction, that’s why the incident of molasses spillover has occurred from Chaddha Sugar Mill of kirri Afgana. He said that laxity towards work will not be tolerated.

 Mr. Soni said that due to lackadaisical approach of these officers, aquatic life was in a grave danger. He strictly asked all the officials of the environment department, that they should ensure regular check in their areas and take appropriate action against the industrial units, which violate the norms.

 Environment Minister said that any industrial unit would not be allowed to throw hazardous waste in the rivers and streams and strict action would be taken against the owners. He said that the Punjab Government is committed to make congenial atmosphere for industry but none of the industry or individual can be spared to harm the environment.