The Hush Post, Jagraon/Mullanpur/Ludhiana: Newly appointed Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs Minister, Punjab, Bharat Bhushan Ashu has said that the wheat procurement process is going on smoothly in the entire state. He also revealed that there is absolutely no problem in the procurement and payment system whereas the glitches on the lifting front would be resolved in 2-3 days.
Visiting the mandis a day after being sworn in as the cabinet minister, Ashu said that the Punjab Government is fully committed to procure every grain of the crops of farmers. He further disclosed that the payments are being paid to the farmers within 48 hours of the procurement so as to make sure that the farmers don’t have to face harassment on this count. Similarly, the online mode is also being adopted to further facilitate the payments to the farming community.
The minister further added that he has yet to formally assume charge but on the directions of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, he decided to visit the mandis to have first-hand knowledge of the procurement procedures. He also divulged that it has been brought to his notice that there are issues with regard to the lifting in the mandis which is due to the inclement weather and partly owing to the special lifting of the paddy.
He elaborated that he had a word with the higher officials in this regard and serious endeavours would be made to ensure redressal of the lifting problem in 2-3 days. Divulging more, he said that the mandi-wise distribution of the trucks would be streamlined. He also assured that there is no problem of Gunny-Bags (Bardanaa) in the mandis and the procurement as well as the payment process is going on with ease.
Interacting with the media persons, Ashu also said that after being sworn in as the minister he has his priorities clearly chalked out with the first one being to ensure smooth procurement process and afterwards ensuring transparency as well as tackling corruption. He also added that during the past 1 year, the departmental functioning has witnessed a lot of improvement.
On the occasion, Lok Sabha MP Ravneet Singh Bittu while congratulating Bharat Bhushan Ashu on being sworn in as the cabinet minister, said that the Punjab Government is duty bound to the all-round development of the state on every parameter of progress. He also assured that the farmers won’t be allowed to be harassed in the mandis during the procurement process. Among others present on the occasion included MLA Sanjay Talwar, ex-minister Malkit Singh Dakha, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Neeru Katial Gupta, SDM Ludhiana (West) Damanjit Singh Mann, SDM Jagraon Ram Singh, Major Singh Bhaini, Major Singh Mullanpur, Manjit Singh Hambran and Anand Sarup Singh Mohi.
Bharat Bhushan Ashu accorded Guard of Honour on first visit to Ludhiana after being sworn in as Cabinet minister
Earlier, Bharat Bhushan Ashu was accorded the Guard of Honour at the circuit house during his 1st visit to Ludhiana after being sworn in as the cabinet minister. He was welcomed by the MLA Sanjay Talwar, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, Police Commissioner Sukhchain Singh Gill, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal, Councillor Narinder Sharma, District President of the Youth Congress Rajiv Raja. During his interaction with the media-persons, the minister said that he would leave no stone unturned to come up to the expectations of the congress party and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.