Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 18:
Odisha Government has decided to extend the paddy Procurement Automation System (PPAS) to 134 more blocks of the state, said Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare (FS&CW) Minister Sanjay Das Burma today.
“We have decided to roll out the PPAS system in 134 blocks and ensure that they become functional on time. The district collectors have specifically been advised on this context. The farmers of these blocks will receive cent percent of their dues online,” said Das Burma speaking to reporters outside the Collectors’ Conference being held at the Secretariat.
The system was first introduced in 60 blocks during the Kharif season of 2014-15. Later, a decision was taken to extend it to 100 more blocks in June 2015 taking the coverage of PPAS to 160 blocks of the state.
Briefing the reporters about the progress on implementation of National Food Security Act, the Minister said that about 3.42 lakh applications are still pending before the collectors in several districts. The government has set a target to verify them within next two months.
“We are working out on a strategy to remove the ineligible holders of NFSA card from the rolls within a stipulated time frame and ensure that no eligible beneficiary is left behind. The Chief Minister is also emphasizing on this,” added the minister.
He further informed that the government will stop paddy procurement for the Rabi season after June 30.
“We have taken a decision to stop the paddy procurement for the Rabi season after June 30. I urge the farmers, who are still planning to sell their paddy, to register before June 25,” said Das Burma.