This time the dispute between the Center and the state over the purchase of rice in the central bridge will not be seen this time. Because Chhattisgarh is going to be the second major supplier of rice in the central pool. The Center has set a target of procuring 495.37 lakh tonnes of rice for the upcoming kharif season, in which Chhattisgarh will have a share of 6 million tonnes. The central government’s procurement target is 19.07 percent higher than the previous year. The actual procurement (in terms of rice) of paddy in Kharif marketing season 2019-20 was 420.22 lakh tonnes, a record purchase. The procurement estimates for Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have exceeded 100 percent during the Kharif marketing season 2020-21 and 50% higher than the Kharif marketing season 2019-20 in Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar and Jharkhand. Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey has recently discussed the forthcoming procurement arrangements with the State Food Secretaries, At the same time, Pandey also indicated the state-wise procurement target. Accordingly, the Center targeted to purchase 113 lakh tonnes of rice from Punjab, 60 lakh tonnes from Chhattisgarh and 50 lakh tonnes from Telangana, besides 44 lakh tonnes from Haryana, 40 lakh tonnes from Andhra Pradesh, 37 lakh tonnes from Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. Aimed to buy 37 lakh tonnes of rice from.
Big relief to the state will also
bring relief for the Chhattisgarh government. The state government is facing fiscal stress, as it is paying farmers 2500 rupees per quintal with bonuses. Here, Chhattisgarh has set a target of purchasing more than 95 lakh tonnes of paddy this season. For this, registration of farmers has started, which will be procured from December. This year also it has been announced to buy at the same price.