Punjab Asks Center For Help In Getting Clearance Of Cash Credit Limit
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday called on the Center to help the state quickly get clearance for the Cash Credit Limit (CCL) for the Kharif 2021-22 marketing season of the Reserve Bank of India.
In preparation for the upcoming Kharif season, the Chief Minister had detailed deliberations lasting an hour and a half with Union Secretary, Food and Public Distribution, Sudhanshu Pandey, who called first to his office here, according to an official statement.
In an interaction with the Chief Minister who was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, the Union Secretary praised Punjab’s enormous contribution to the national food pool in terms of wheat and paddy.
Acceding to the Chief Minister’s request to allow the current purchase of paddy under previous standards, Pandey informed him that the Indian government has already made the decision to purchase paddy in the state according to existing standards during the paddy season from October. 1. The Chief Minister informed that in the future also, the revised standards should only be finalized by building the confidence of all stakeholders, including the government of Punjab and the associations of farmers, arthiyas and mills, because to impose them unilaterally would mean a great setback for the state. .
Expecting a bumper crop of paddy in the current season, the chief minister told the secretary that the Center has set a target to purchase 170 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. However, according to the state’s agricultural production estimates, 191 lakh metric tonnes of paddy are expected during the 2021-22 kharif marketing season for which elaborate arrangements are already in place. Concerned about the slow movement of food grains piled up in state warehouses, the Chief Minister asked the Union Secretary to immediately contact the railway authorities to free these warehouses in order to create a additional space for storing fresh rice. In response to this issue, the Union Food Secretary informed the Chief Minister that the Chairman of the Railways Commission has already authorized 70-80 racks per day for the transport of food grains from the Punjab to various destinations across the country. Channi further said that the Punjab has experienced unprecedented rains in the past 10 days and according to the weather forecast it is expected that the same will continue for another 5-7 days. Due to the vagaries of nature, it is expected that a quality problem will arise at the time of harvest. Therefore, the Chief Minister asked the Secretary of the Union to authorize the relaxation of standards instantly, if necessary.
Pandey also held a meeting here with Punjab officials to review the paddy supply agreements for the next season.
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