Chief Secretary warns officers to stop illegal paddy transportation

Chief Secretary R.P. Mandal has instructed the officials to strictly stop the illegal transportation of paddy in this kharif marketing year. Mandal has directed all the Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors, Superintendents of Police, Forest Divisional Officers, Chief Executive Officers of District Panchayat and the staff of Cooperative Department through video conferencing from Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan).

Every possible action should be taken to strictly prohibit the inter-state illegal transportation of paddy during and before paddy procurement (December 1, 2019 to February 15, 2020). For this, check posts should be patrolled in the border areas as well as in other districts, he said. Stringent legal action should be taken against the middlemen and other persons associated with illegal procurement and transportation of paddy. Along with the patrolling of the main roads leading to the procurement center, other routes should also be monitored.

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In addition to this, deployment of staff at check post and ‘nakas’ made for checking the illegal transportation of forest produce should also be done to arrest people involved in illegal transportation of paddy. Vehicles involved in this act should be seized and strict action should be taken against them. Illegal transportation on forest routes should also be monitored, said Mandal.

Instructions have also been given to verify the tokens issued to farmers for paddy purchase. Mr Mandal told the Collectors that Narva, Garwa, Ghurwa and Bari scheme should be implemented on a priority basis in the state. Currently, a target has been set to manage one thousand drains on scientific basis. So that the people of the area can get twelve months of drinking water and water for irrigation purpose. Similarly, three thousand Gouthans will also be established. For this, he has given instructions to take all necessary actions.

After paddy harvesting, work will be started in rural areas under employment guarantee. For this, from now on, directed to take action of marking the works and its approval. He has instructed self-help groups to be associated with various income earning activities. On this occasion, Director General of Police D.M. Awasthi, Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Secretary Food Dr. Kamalpreet Singh, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Marketing Association Ms. Shammi Abadi and other senior officials were present.

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