This was decided at a meeting of state food secretaries convened by the Union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution to streamline strategy for the rabi marketing season 2002-03.
The total wheat procurement in the last marketing season till December 10, 2001 was 206.2 lakh tonne. Total rice procurement in the on-going kharif marketing season is 39.77 lakh tonne and that of paddy is 133.28 lakh tonne. The rice stock in the central pool as on December 1, 2001, was 250.97 lakh tonne and that of wheat was 340.06 lakh tonne.
Food secretaries of Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, UP, MP, Gujarat and Delhi participated in the meeting besides senior officials from the Union agriculture ministry and Food Corporation of India (FCI). The Union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution has made all necessary arrangements for a smooth procurement operation during the ensuing rabi marketing season including finalisation of purchase centres, mandi distribution and arrangement of storage. Food secretaries of states were also advised to submit detailed proposals about undertaking decentralised procurement in their states.
Control rooms will be set up in the Union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, FCI and also states for daily reporting of distress sales if any. Steps are being taken to expedite movement of stocks already stored in the procuring regions, particularly Punjab. The states were informed that wheat is procured under decentralised procurement scheme in UP, MP and rice is procured under decentralised procurement scheme in West Bengal.
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