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Punjab CM chairs meeting, asks police to ensure smooth wheat procurement

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

today directed senior police officers in all districts to strictly enforce the ban on forming of transport cartels to ensure smooth procurement of wheat.

Reviewing the procurement arrangements, the directed the DGP to take stern action against anyone found trying to disrupt the procurement process, warning that nobody would be allowed to obstruct transport movement during the procurement and lifting operations.

Reiterating his directions to the Deputy Commissioners to extend their support to the transporters engaged by the for the of wheat, the asked them to keep a close vigil on the movement of all vehicles hired for the purpose of procuring the foodgrains.

An said after the meeting that Singh also asked the Food and Civil Supplies to take all possible steps to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement operations.

He directed the civil and police administration to monitor the progress of procurement of wheat on a daily basis to ensure the completion of the task within the stipulated time-frame.

The chief minister said that every single grain of the farmers' produce would be procured and the payments would be made in a timely manner, as had been done in the last Rabi and Paddy seasons since his government took over.

The meeting was attended by Chief to Chief Minister Suresh Kumar, DGP Suresh Arora, Food and Civil Supplies KAP Sinha and

The truck operators under the banner of All Truck Operators' Union had boycotted the tender process for the of the wheat crop.

They had been at the loggerheads with the for offering "lower" rates for of crop from 'mandis' to godowns.

In view of boycott by truckers, the gave permission to commission agents, better known as 'Arthiyas', for transportation of wheat for the smooth purchase of the foodgrains.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 06 2018. 01:05 IST