After successful implementation of e-goverence system of paddy procurement in 4 block of the state, the state government has decided to extend the Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) to 60 more blocks of the state.
Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) aims at the following point
- Improving transparency, efficiency and promptness in service delivery.
- Preventing distress sale of paddy by farmers.
- Hassle-free sale of paddy for farmers.
- Timely payment of minimum support price (MSP) for fair average quality (FAQ) paddy.
- An advance estimate of the surplus paddy with the farmers
- Fixing district-wise and agency-wise procurement target
The system is an initiation of the Department of International Development (DFID) and supported by Odisha Modernising Economy Governance Administration (OMEGA) and is capable to overcome the problems/issues related to procedural problems from starting of paddy procurement to delivery of paddy to the millers.
Over 5.33 lakhs farmers have been registerd with the societies like primary agriculture cooperative society (PACS), pani panchayat and self-help groups (SHG) engaged in paddy procurement. A special drive was launched for registration of farmers from August 21 to September 30.And for those who have not registered with any of the society can submit their registration form any time as they feel.
Surplus paddy if any of the farmers will be procured by the government only after there registration under the system said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary MS Padhi.He said that this system will also able the government to determine the exact need of the manpower and infrastructural of each market yad for paddy procurement.
As Odisha has emerged to be a rice surplus State, emphasis is on opening paddy procurement at gram panchayat level. The P-PAS was first piloted in Attabira, Dunguripalli and Binka blocks of Bargarh district and Bhadrak block in 2013-14 kharif marketing season.