Nearly 5.25 lakh bales are required for paddy procurement, out of which supply of 2.14 lakh bales has been approved, and only 86 thousand 856 have been received so far
Delay in delivery of gunny bags can create law and order situation in the state, wrote Chief Minister in the letter
Raipur, November 24
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, requesting to ensure timely supply of new jute gunny bags as per the plan issued by Food Ministry, Government of India on 12 November 2021.
Baghel has stated in the letter that as per the aforementioned plan, Chhattisgarh has the permission to purchase 2.14 lakh bales of new jute bags through Jute Commissioner Kolkata. However, the state has received only 86,856 bales of new jute gunny bags so far, which is much less than the quantity required as per the plan. Chhattisgarh requires 5.25 lakh bales of gunny bags for paddy procurement. According to the Jute Commissioner’s plan, delay in supply of 100 percent of the required gunny bags can create law and order situation in the state.
In his letter to Prime Minister Mr. Modi, Chief Minister Mr.Bhupesh Baghel stated that paddy procurement from farmers in the Kharif Marketing Year 2021-22, on the support price announced by Government of India, is likely to commence in Chhattisgarh from December 01, 2021. Necessary preparations for which are already in progress. In the Kharif marketing year 2021-22, procurement of 105 lakh tons of paddy on support price is expected in the state, for which 5.25 lakh bales of gunny bags will be required. Chhattisgarh has received the permission to purchase 2.14 lakh bales of new jute bags through Jute Commissioner Kolkata, through a letter issued by the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India on 12 November 2021. Accordingly, the schedule has been issued for the month-wise supply of bales:- 0.19 lakh bales for August, 0.32 lakh bales for September, 0.72 lakh bales for October, 0.15 lakh bales for November and 0.76 lakh bales for December.
Mr. Baghel further stated in the letter that indents have been issued by Chhattisgarh State Co-operative Society Marketing Federation Headquarters, Nava Raipur to purchase 2.14 lakh bales of jute gunny bags, but the state has so far received only 86,856 bales of new jute gunny bags, which is far less than the quantity expected. Chhattisgarh Government is making continuous efforts to ensure 100% supply of the required new jute gunny through the Jute Commissioner. But despite the best efforts at state-level, there has been no satisfactory progress in the supply of gunny bags.
Mr. Baghel has told the Prime Minister that last year, the state had an average daily requirement of 10 thousand bales of gunny bags for the procurement of paddy at minimum support price. Considering the requirement of previous year, it is important that 100% of the required gunny bags are delivered to that state soon, as per the action plan of Jute Commissioner Kolkata, as the delay may cause law and order situation during the paddy procurement season in the state.
Mr. Baghel has mentioned in the letter that Food Department, Government of India has given permission to take 61.65 lakh tons of rice under the central pool in the Kharif marketing year 2021-22. In addition to the requirement of 16 lakh tons for central pool, the remaining 45.65 lakh tons of rice is to be deposited in the central pool under Food Corporation of India, which also requires continuous supply of new jute bags as per the plan.
In view of the aforementioned circumstances, Chief Minister has requested Prime Minister give instructions to Jute Commissioner Kolkata and Food Department, Government of India, to ensure timely supply of new jute gunny bags as per the plan issued on November 12, 2021.