Purchase paddy with complete transparency – JPS Rathore

Lucknow: U.P.’s Minister of State for Cooperation (Independent Charge)  JPS Rathore reviewed the opening of paddy purchase centers and purchase of paddy by the purchasing agencies of the cooperative department, PCF, UPSS and PCU, in the auditorium of UP Gram Vikas Bank. During the review, the Cooperation Minister directed that the procurement of paddy under the Price Support Scheme should be conducted honestly.

He said that the interest of farmers is paramount for the state government. Negligence of any kind in the purchase will not be tolerated. He has given instructions to purchase paddy with complete transparency at the purchasing centers. It was found that 1493 purchase centers have been opened against 1500 allotted to PCF, 558 against 550 allotted to PCUs, 361 purchase centers have been opened against 200 purchase centers allotted to UPS.

In this way, 2412 purchase centers have been opened against the target of 2250 purchase centers allotted to the cooperative department. A total of 37197 metric tons were purchased by PCF, 33263 metric tons by PCU and 14307 metric tons by UPS. In this way, 84768 metric tonnes of paddy has been purchased by the cooperative department. A total of Rs 1278 lakh has been paid to the farmers by the three purchasing agencies of the Cooperative Department.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the pending payment, Shri Rathore directed to make payment as per the arrangement mentioned in the purchase policy 2022-23. The Cooperation Minister reviewed the preparations being made to celebrate the Cooperative Week from November 14 to November 20, 2022. He said that the Cooperative Week should be celebrated in a grand manner and in accordance with the instructions given by the Central Government.  Rathore said that on the occasion of Co-Operation Week, on different themes, cooperation will be discussed by inviting various top cooperative institutions, chief guests, expert speakers like IIM, IRMA etc.

Various programs related to cooperatives will be organized at the district level under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner and Assistant Registrar, people will be made aware about the progress made by the cooperative. On this occasion, certificates will be distributed to encourage good working cooperatives/entrepreneurs. On this occasion Principal Secretary, Cooperatives  BL Meena, Additional Commissioner and Additional Registrar (Banking), Cooperative  B.Chandrakala and Managing Director, UP Sahakari Gram Vikas Bank Ltd.  RK Kulshrestha and other senior officers were present.

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