Chief Minister of west Bengal Mamata Banerjee, after a meeting of the Standing Committee on Food and Procurement has announced organization of 1,000 special camps by the state government along with ECSC, BENFED, CONFED and other agencies from November 28 to boost the target of paddy procurement.
The number of camps may reach to 1400 if it seems that the campaign is going successfully
Procurement target for this year has been set at 35 lakh tonne of paddy from which 22 lakh tonne of rice could be available.
Minimum support price of paddy this year has been increased from Rs 1,250 to Rs 1,310 per quintal, he said.
The state requires total 14 lakh tone of rice and the rest will be distributed for utilization at the Public Distribution System, he said.Also he added that total 60 godowns each with the capacity of 5000 tonnes will be constructed for the grain storage.
The farmers will be protected and no middleman role will be entertained and the state will take all control and also will provide facilities like credit card and bank account for those who don’t have this.
State’s Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who was also in the meeting, said the state government has taken steps to set up 165 new rice mills in 165 blocks, where this facility was presently not available.
“The state government has already enhanced its revenue earning from Rs 21,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore annually. Success in foodgrains will be an addition to the state’s achievement,” Mitra claimed.
Although the state have already 1018 rice mills but still the state government is trying to provide facility to all the rice mills covering all the blocks in the state.
The budget for the programme will be distributed between both state and center government in the 75:25 hence the incentives amounting to Rs 50 lakh per rice mill in general area and Rs 75 lakh per rice mill in tribal areas would be extended
“Apart from this, the state government will extend an additional subsidy of Rs 5 lakh to set up each of these new rice mills,” Mitra added.