Procurement of bajra in Jind, Hisar, Taoru and Firozpur Jhirka would commence from October 31, 2017.
Chandigarh, Oct 24 –The Haryana Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, has said that the state government is conscious about the welfare of farmers and has not only procured about three times more bajra than last year but also covered more mandis. This year, bajra was procured in 14 mandis of the eight bajra producing districts in the state.
Replying to the call-attention motion moved by Mr Abhay Singh Chautala and two other MLAs of INLD and Mr. Raghuvir Singh Kadiyan and nine other MLAs of Congress in the Vidhan Sabha today, Mr Kamboj said the state government had procured 19,056 MT of bajra as compared 5,968 MT last year.
The state government has not stopped the procurement of bajra in the mandis but due to apprehension of trading in bajra by the traders, the government is verifying the quantity of bajra lying in the mandis of Jhajjar, Narnaul, Rewari, Bhiwani, Dadri, Gurugram, Mewat, Faridabad and Rohtak districts.
Directions have been issued to the deputy commissioners concerned, DFSCs and district heads of all procurement agencies to immediately verify the bajra lying in the mandis, and, if it conforms to the specifications and belongs to farmers, it should be purchased immediately. There is no distress sale of bajra in the state, Mr Kamboj added.
While intervening the debate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma said that procurement of bajra in Jind, Hisar, Taoru and Firozpur Jhirka would commence from October 31, 2017.