POST NEWS NETWORK
Bhawanipatana, Jan 14: Nearly 6 Ian quintals of paddy are left unsold at various mandis and lie with farmers in Kalahandi district amid allegations of tardy paddy procurement. Some millers have lifted less than 70 per cent of paddy against their target.
Taking serious note of the tardy pace of procurement, the admin-istration had issued show causes to 11 millers, who have ignored the no-tices completely. It is alleged that paddy is not being lifted from man-dis now, even though farmers have agreed for reduction of 7 kg of paddy per quintal during weight.
Farmers have expressed un-happiness over their unsold paddy. In the first phase, procurement tar-get was over 40.26 latch quintals while over 33.50 lalch quintals have been lifted.
Official sources said, 30, 367 quin-tals of paddy are lying at mandis. In reality, over 6 lakh quintals are laying at 208 mandis.
72 millers have lifted paddy of 51490 farmers at 208 mandis. It may be noted here that Collector D Gavali Parag Harshad had issued show cause notices to six millers of Dharmgarh sub-divi-sion and five millers of Bhawanipatana sub-division for lifting paddy less than 70 percent of their targets, December 29. Despite notices, the millers have not come forward to lift the remaining paddy.
Locals alleged that staff of PACSs, millers and officials of the civil supplies department have formed-( a nexus to scuttle paddy procure-ment, thus forcing farmers to sell their paddy at under rates. Though many farmers have to-kens, they are guarding their paddy at mandis, braving chill and sun. They are unsure when the paddy will be lifted and next target will come.