Hyderabad: A team of officials from Chhattisgarh led by Special Secretary Civil Supplies Manoj Kumar Soni has been tasked to study the new initiatives being implemented by the Government of Telangana in procurement of paddy as well as the Public Distribution System (PDS).
The team that spent two days in the State was highly appreciative of the online procurement and management system that helped in avoiding the involvement of middlemen. The cost of the paddy procured from farmers was being remitted to their accounts directly in three to four days.
The team members took stock of the procurement system, which had helped in providing improvised services and effectively avoiding irregularities in making payments to farmers. The team also called on the Civil Supplies Commissioner CV Anand in his office.
The team, which was impressed by the electronic payment and application system, sought to replicate the same in Chhattisgarh. It was also apprised of the impact of the installation of the CC TV cameras in the civil supplies godowns, and operation of vehicles with GPS for transport of stocks to the ration shops.
C V Anand informed the Chhattisgarh officials that the electronic payment and application system was being successfully implemented with the support of the State government. The department is supplying the stocks to the ration shops from first to 15th of every month.
Some five lac consumers lift their quota of essential commodities every day and every transaction gets registered. The department can have a full update on the rice procurement status on day to day basis.
The department procured 72 lac tonnes of paddy from from 15 lac farmers at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore. Some 80 per cent of the farmers had their money remitted to their bank accounts within four days.