The Minister has directed the officials to expedite the procedure and to submit the custom-milled rice within the deadline to Food Corporation of India.
With only months left for the Punjab Assembly elections, the state government has found itself in a tough spot.
The BJD maintained that more than 95% of the allocation under different schemes have been distributed to beneficiaries.
Announcing this move, Biju Mahila Janata Dal president and MLA Snehangini Chhuria slammed the BJP for misleading the farmers by feeding them wrong information on paddy procurement.
The Civil Supplies department is worried that the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) delay in lifting the customised milled rice (CMR) will adversely affect the whole supply chain system.
Gupta said the Government of India would supply rice to the State government at a subsidised price of Rs 22 per kg for the benefit of State PDS cardholders.
Central Warehousing Corporation has also been asked to install CCTV cameras in godowns hired by the FCI for storage purposes to help in better monitoring of warehouses in remote locations.
At the meeting, it was decided that the counters will set up at the Narela mandi from April 12 and registrations will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
The demands included withdrawal of a decision to submit 'jamabandhi' for the procurement of wheat, rolling back direct payments to farmers in their bank accounts.