Hyderabad: Achieving excellent progress by using modern technology in every aspect and curbing irregularities in Civil Supplies Department in the new state of Telangana is very much inspirational, said Ravikanth, Food and Civil Supplies Secretary Government of India.
Giving importance to transparency, accountability, by introducing innovative reforms in the department made Telangana Civil Supplies ideal to the country. He said, Online Procurement Management System (OPMS), Command Control Centre, CC Cameras in Godowns, T-Ration App will stand as guidelines to all the other states.
Ravikanth, R.D. Nazeem, FCI South Regional Executive Director, G.S. Rajashekar, FCI Telangana Manger came on a two day visit to Telangana.
On Saturday, they visited Command Control Centre in Telangana Civil Supplies Bhavan. Visiting Central officials reviewed live telecast of vehicles movements carrying ration commodities, functioning of CC Cameras installed in state wide Civil Supplies go downs.
Commissioner for Civil Supplies C.V. Anand held meeting with the visiting Officials. Anand gave a PowerPoint presentation on the reforms taken up in Telangana Civil Supplies.
The Team members made a field visit at Musheerabad MLS Point, viewed CC Cameras performance, inspected rice quality stored in godowns. They also visited a FP shop situated in Punjagutta checked e-Pos working and had a small discussion with the beneficiaries present at the shop.
Ravikanth said, “By using technology, mainly payments to farmers through online, GPS to ration vehicles, CC Cameras in Godowns, T-Ration App and installation of Command Control Centers at District level and at the Civil Supplies Head Office to monitor these activities is very much appreciable. Telangana government is giving top priority in using technology in every aspect.”
He praised Telangana Civil Supplies reforms, mainly paddy procurement system is very good in Telangana state, without any avoiding middlemen involvement, procuring directly from the farmers at MSP and paying to their respected bank account through online.
Lesser the burden on the State: C.V. Anand
The Commissioner made notice to Ravikanth the additional burden on the state of purchasing paddy from farmers. He requested to lesser the burden on the states and take necessary measures in releasing of the dues from Center to Telangana.
He said that Centre to should continue the previous policy in Gunny bags purchasing, as per the new policy introduction in 2017-18 Kharif season, state will face estimate loss of Rs. 59 crores.
Transport charges are allowed for transportation of paddy from PPC’s to Rice mills is very less as per the market price. Rates fixed by the District Collectors or FCI rates whichever is less is paid for the transportation and in 2016-17 Kharif season we lost about Rs. 137 crores under this Head.
Local Mandi Labour charges are insufficient compared to Central and State government. Local Mandi Charges are around Rs. 30 per quintal, whereas Centre pays Rs. 5.50. This is eroding the MSP paid to the farmers. Request for enhancement of Mandi Labour Charges as per the prevailing open market rates to protect the farmers interest.
For 2010-11 to 2016-17 Kharif season total amount of Rs. 363.37 crores are withheld by FCI towards Market fee, RD Cess, C&M charges, Commission, etc. It is requested to advice FCI to release the pending amounts.
Previous year in Rabi season massive grain yield was recorded, but problems where faced as FCI could not provide sufficient space to store them. Taking consideration these we request FCI to provide sufficient storage for 2017-18 Rabi season for the estimated 15 Lakh Metric tons of CMR.
From various heads of Government of India total outstanding dues or Rs. 4047 crores are pending, hence request to release the pending dues with immediate measures. (INN)