Punjab CM meets Paswan to seek fresh review of Rs 31000 cr Foodgrain procurement debt

punjab-cm-meets-paswan-to-seek-fresh-review-of-rs-31000-cr-foodgrain-procurement-debtPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday called upon Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, to seek central support in settling the unsustainable debt burden of Rs 31,000 crore and requested a review committee to examine the matter afresh. The Minister agreed to consider the suggestion, while also accepting a request from the Chief Minister to allow higher user charges in lieu of depreciation of once-used gunny bags for the forthcoming Kharif season in Punjab. The Union Minister assured Captain Amarinder that the necessary orders for this would be issued this week. While Captain Amarinder described the meeting as fruitful, Paswan said Secretaries of both the sides will take the discussions forward. All the issues were being amicably resolved, the Union Minister told mediapersons after the meeting.
Since the Rs 31000 crore debt issue related to the Finance Ministry, his ministry could only examine the matter and make suitable recommendations to Finance, as suggested by Captain Amarinder, the Union Minister explained. There was some confusion over the findings of the Jha committee, which was set up by the central government in April 2016 to examine the Punjab government’s claim of Rs 20,000 crore in foodgrain dues, said Paswan, adding that the Chief Minister had therefore suggested setting up of another committee to look into the entire issue again. Captain Amarinder, who also sought from the Union Minister reimbursement to the state for losses incurred in procurement operations for the Central Pool, said his government wanted to be fully prepared for the Kharif season, which was expected to yield a good 18.2 million tonnes of rice. The Chief Minister assured smooth and streamlined procurement of Kharif in September just as the wheat procurement had been handled smoothly, without any problems this time. Barring south Punjab, the state had good rainfall and was gearing up to ensure that the procurement is done in a timely manner, with the farmers not facing any problems, he told mediapersons.

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