Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has called upon the entire Aartia (commission agents) community to cooperate and work in unison with the state government and its procurement agencies for the smooth paddy procurement operation in the state for the Kharif season 2010-11 to begin from October 1, 2010 to facilitate the farmers of Punjab.
Badal said that the state government had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth lifting and timely payments of paddy. He said that procuring agencies had already geared up their activities in their respective areas and he had directed the officers to closely monitor the procurement operations in all the districts and regularly visit their assigned districts till the entire exercise was completed. Presiding over a meeting to redress the grievances of Aartia Community just after this short function, Badal assured them that all the issues pertaining to the allotment of the shops in Mandis, VAT, market fee, delayed payments, pending bonus and other issues would be sorted out on priority.
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