Chandigarh, October 1:
Gurpreet Singh of village Pilkhani (District Patiala) today became the first farmer in the State to receive payment for paddy pertaining to Kharif Season 2022-23. The farmer confirmed that the MSP amount has reached in his account.
Disclosing this today at Rajpura Mandi while commencing the paddy procurement as part of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak said that Gurpreet Singh, hailing from Pilkhani Village in Patiala District, had brought 103.875 quintals and it was cleaned and purchased on the very first day of procurement i.e. 1st of October. He added that today, within 4 hours of purchase, the Department has transferred the farmer’s payment, amounting to Rs. 2.13 lakh (2,13, 982.50) directly into his bank account. The Minister said that lifting of the purchased paddy would also commence in Rajpura Mandi from today itself.
Kataruchak added that that all arrangements, for purchase of paddy in the Mandis, are in place. He said that the Punjab Government will leave no stone unturned in buying every grain that is offered for sale by the farmer.