The Punjab cabinet on Thursday gave its approval to the custom milling policy for the 2022-23 kharif season under which government agencies, such as Food Corporation si India, will be able to procure paddy after processing the harvest in rice mills.
The cabinet, which convened under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, approved “Punjab’s Customized Milling Policy for Kharif 2022-23”, which stipulates that designated mills will deliver rice extracted from paddy stored up to as of March 31, 2023 directly to the FCI.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, CM Mann said in-state mandis will be fitted with GPS to track trucks carrying paddy to the hullers. “It will help stop the smuggling of paddy from other states,” Mann said.
According to a government statement, the milling policy has been prepared for paddy purchased by state procurement agencies – Pungrain, Markfed, Punsup and PSWC – to be converted into custom milled rice and ensure grain delivery food crops in the central pool.
According to the policy, the rice mills will be linked to the supply centers in time according to the purchasing center allocation list issued by the department and the paddy will be stored in these rice mills in accordance with their right and the signed agreement. between state agencies and rice farmers.
Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2022-23 will start on October 1, 2022 and paddy procurement will be completed by November 30.
The state Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs publishes the custom milling policy annually before the start of the kharif marketing season.
PSPCL action plan
The Cabinet also approved the action plan worth Rs 25,237 crore of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for the adoption and implementation of the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS). The implementation of the RDSS will strengthen the distribution system, improve the operational efficiency and financial viability of the PSPCL as well as the quality and reliability of power supply to consumers.
For moong growers, the Cabinet gave ex-facto approval to relax the quality standards set by the Center for the procurement of pulses. This will allow Markfed – the state’s nodal agency – to source more moong at the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 7,225 per quintal with relaxed standards under the state pool during the 2022 marketing season. -23. Farmers whose products do not even meet the relaxed quality parameters and therefore have to sell them on the open market until July 31 will be paid up to a maximum of Rs 1,000 difference per quintal. This initiative will also be applicable to farmers who have already sold their produce below the MSP on the open market.
To reduce the risk of natural disasters by initiating mitigation measures, the Cabinet gave the green light to establish the State Disaster Mitigation Fund.
Surrender to Lifers
In another decision, the Cabinet also approved sending to the Governor the request for special surrender of convicts/lifers incarcerated in Punjab prisons to commemorate the 400th “parkash purab” of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur. The Cabinet has also approved sending the case to seek special surrender and release of convicts held in Punjab jails on August 15, 2022 to commemorate the 75th Independence Day.
MoU with NLSF
To bring greater professional expertise to building a citizen-centric and forward-looking governance ecosystem, the Cabinet has also agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nudge Life Skills Foundation ( NLSF) for a period of 27 months. It will help provide direct feedback and support to administrative departments, enabling them to drive system reforms through departmental or sub-departmental initiatives in the area of technology integration, process innovation, data management, collaborations, program strengthening and more.
The Council of Ministers also gave its approval to the annual administrative report of the Job Creation and Training Department for the year 2020-21.