Chandigarh, May 12:

Following the completion of procurement procedure, the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department has decided to close all the mandis across the State with effect from May 13th at 5 PM except 232 mandis.

These details were shared by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister, Lal Chand Kataruchak.

Divulging more, the Minister said that of the abovesaid 232 mandis, 18 are in Bathinda, 8 in Moga, 3 in Fazilka, 6 in Mansa, 9 in Ferozepur, 9 in Patiala, 10 in Sangrur, 13 in Barnala, 15 in Ludhiana West and East, 4 in Faridkot, 11 in Gurdaspur, 14 in Jalandhar, 5 in Sri Muktsar Sahib, 5 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 8 in Kapurthala, 4 in Malerkotla, 5 in S.A.S. Nagar, 5 in Ropar, 21 in Tarn Taran, 5 in Pathankot, 6 in Hoshiarpur, 45 in Amritsar and 3 in S.B.S. Nagar.

The Minister thanked the farmers, arhtiyas, Mandi labour, transporters and government officials involved in the month long exercise of procurement of wheat in the state. He expressed satisfaction on the pace of purchase and the speedy disbursal of MSP dues directly into the bank accounts of the farmers.