Local procurement benefits farmers, but saves money by eliminating freight charges, says DGM FCI J&K

Jammu: Food Corporation of India, J&K Region Monday highlighted the achievements made in respect of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKAY) and Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) during Covid19 pandemic in J&K Region in a press briefing today. Siddharth, DGM, FCI, J&K Region said that the local procurement in J&K not only is benefiting the local farmers but is also encouraging production and saving in crores by elimination of freight charges. He said this in a press briefing organized by Press Information Bureau, Jammu at FCI Headquarters, Jammu.
Highlighting various achievements in respect of RMS 2021-22, Siddharth said that 24,308 MT of wheat has been procured in RMS 2021-22 by extending benefits of MSP to 4127 farmers with a total payment of 48 crores directly into their accounts during Covid19 pandemic. He further said that for the procurement of wheat, a total of 21 centres/mandis were opened in J&K with 09 centres in Kathua, 10 in Jammu and 02 in Samba district.
With respect to the Paddy procurement under Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, Siddharth said that 38,119 MT Paddy has been procured from 7385 farmers who have been paid a total MSP of Rs. 72 crores during Covid19 pandemic. He further said that for the procurement of paddy, a total of 22 centres/mandis have been opened with 08 in Kathua, 13 in Jammu and 01 in Samba district.
Emphasising on the achievements made under PMGKAY, he said that for the UT of J&K, Government of India has allocated monthly allocation of 36205 MT (Rice- 25714 MT and wheat- 10490 MT) for the intended beneficiaries of 72.41 lakh and for the UT of Ladakh, Government of India has allocated monthly allocation of 719 MT (Rice- 212 MT and Wheat- 506 MT) for intended beneficiaries of 1.43 lakhs.
While emphasising on the various commitments of the Government of India, Siddharth said that the man and machinery of J&K & Ladakh FCIs are always fully geared up to ensure timely delivery of stocks especially in winters and during this pandemic. He further added that with the coordinated efforts of FCI, the allotted food grains for the months July, 2021 to September, 2021 under PMGKAY-IV will be supplied to the Government of J&K and Ladakh within the time period set by the Central Government or well before it.
He also said that special efforts are being made at every level by FCI J&K & Ladakh to create awareness and publicity of the PMGKAY scheme through IEC activities.
It may be mentionedthat PMGKAY is a food security welfare scheme announced by the Government of India in March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in India and by November, 2021, 80 crore Indians will receive a fixed quantity of food grains per month under PMGKAY.
Neha Jalali, Deputy Director, Press Information Bureau & Regional Outreach Bureau, J&K & Ladakh and . Abhishek Sinha, Divisional Manager, J&K, FCI were also present during the press briefing.

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