State govt committed to ensure welfare of arhtiyas: Punjab AAP


New Delhi: The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is fully committed to take all measures to uplift the standard of living of all sections of the society besides ensuring that their problems are remedied.

These views were expressed here today by Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Lal Chand Kataruchak while presiding over a meeting at Punjab Arhtiya Association of Punjab Bhawan.

The minister reiterated that it is the duty of the state government to help the arhtiyas in every possible way as they are very closely related to the farming community which forms the core of the economic fabric of the state. The minister revealed that preparations to ensure a successful Kharif Marketing Season starting in October are on a war footing and assured that no phase related to the procurement process, especially the arhtiyas, would face any difficulty.

He further said that the state government is committed to get every eye of farmers’ produce at MSP.

Kataruchak gave further information that a tracking system will be installed in the trucks transporting the produce to the mandis to ensure that no one from outside the state can sell the produce. The minister assured sympathetic consideration of the demands raised by the arhtiya association like keeping them out of EPF purview, paying their dues of Rs. $28 million with FCI and streamlining of the Release Order (RO) system.

Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Secretary Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Ghansham Thori, Associate Director Dr. Anjuman Bhaskar, FCI CEO Hemant Kumar Jain and Association President Vijay Kalra were among others present at the event.

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