The Punjab government had sought permission from the Center for premature closure of mandis from May 17. However, the state government has now formally withdrawn the request. 232 mandis of the state will remain operational in all the districts till May 31.
On Sunday, the Punjab government has taken a big decision regarding wheat procurement. After the Center bans wheat export, now 232 mandis of the state will open till 31 May. Earlier, Punjab had sent a letter to the Center on May 12 requesting to close the mandis on May 17 ahead of time due to less arrival of wheat.
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Lal Chand Kataruchakk said that due to ban on export of wheat, there is a possibility of fall in the prices of wheat in the domestic market. As a result some farmers who had stored wheat produce hoping to fetch a higher price later may now reconsider and choose to sell wheat. For this reason it was important that they continue to get the facility of government procurement at MSP to avoid distress sales.
On the functioning of the mandis, Kataruchak said that the state government has operated 2292 mandis in the state during the current Rabi season but after a steep fall in the arrival of wheat in some parts of the state so far 2060 mandis have been in a careful phased manner in the recent past. has been closed since. Thus at present 232 mandis are operational, covering all the districts of the state.
The Minister said that though the notified date for closure of purchases was May 31, but in view of the negligible pace of arrival of wheat in the recent past, the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India was requested on May 12 that from May 17, the Mandis be allowed to close prematurely. The state government has now formally withdrawn this request. Keeping in mind the interests of the farmers, these 232 mandis will remain operational in all the districts till May 31.