BHAWANIPATNA: After visiting Dalua (rabi) paddy procurement centres, Minister of State (Ind) for Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Sanjay Dasburma expressed his concern over delay and slow progress of procurement process in Kalahandi district which has achieved only 10 per cent of the target so far. At a review meeting held in the Collectorate on Wednesday, the Minister directed the district administration to expedite the procurement.
Dasburma told the administration to gear up the process and complete the procurement by June 15 so that farmers will not sustain loss due to bad weather condition. Steps should be taken to improve basic infrastructure of all centres, he added. During his visit, Dasburma interacted with the farmers and observed the condition of the procurement centres at Mandal, Kalampur, Dasigaon, Charbahal, Tal Jaring and Dharamgarh.
Among others, Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo, MLAs of Kalahandi and Nuapada districts Balabhadra Majhi, Anama Naik, Dibyasankar Mishra, Basanta Panda, Secretary of Food Supply Madhusudan Padhi and Kalahandi Collector Bijayaketan Upadhaya were present in the meeting.