AP Govt Gives 15 days Time For Farmers To Sell Paddy

The Minister said that the officials have stopped purchasing paddy in the State leading to panic among the farming community

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had decided to give 15 days more for the farmers to sell their paddy at the market yards. This was announced by Minister for Civil Supplies Prathipati Pulla Rao who assumed charge on Monday after the cabinet rejig. Pulla Rao was shifted to this new portfolio replacing Paritala Sunitha, while the agriculture portfolio was given to senior leader Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy.

Pulla Rao said that the government would pay the money to the farmers directly into their bank account within two days after their produce was purchased at the market yards. The Minister said that the officials have stopped purchasing paddy in the State leading to panic among the farming community. He said he had also instructed the officials to purchase paddy without giving troubles to the farmers. He said he would take serious action if the officials caused inconvenience to the farmers at the market yards.

The Minister gave his first signature to the appointment of a retired judge Mutyala Naidu as member of the State Consumers Disputes tribunal.

The Minister said that the government was working to give cooking gas to every house by June this year. The civil supplies department was making arrangements to identify the beneficiaries and give cooking gas for them.

Referring to the provisions supply through the fair price shop, the Minister said that the monthly quota for the cardholders would be made available without delay. He also said that the digital transactions were not a compulsory for the cardholders, though the government is encouraging cashless transactions. He further said that the government would ensure supply of quality provisions to the 1.40 crore cardholders in the State.

Ministers Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao and Nakka Ananda Babu, Narasaraopet MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, MLAs G V Anjaneyulu, T Sravan Kumar, MLC A S Ramakrishna, civil supplies commissioner B Rajasekhar and director G Ravi Babu greeted the Minister on assuming the charge.

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