MoS Shobha Karandlaje concludes two day Kathua tour

KATHUA: Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shobha Karandlaje concluded her two day tour to district Kathua as part of Central Government’s Public outreach programme today.
Smt. Shobha Karandlaje flagged off a rally from the premises of Chenab Textile Mills organized as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. Over 200 students and members of Youth Clubs participated in the rally which culminated at Govindsar.
While addressing the participants, the union minister appreciated the students and members of youth clubs for showing their zest in remembering freedom fighters which is befitting tribute to all the Heroes of freedom struggle especially when India is celebrating 75 years of Indian independence.
The minister also met various deputations of DDCs, BDCs, and ULBs besides members of different political parties.
While assuring members of DDCs for taking up various issues highlighted by them at appropriate forums, the minister said the issues related to payment by FCI to those farmers who do not have documents supporting their ownership rights will also be looked into. Besides issues related to opening of more procurement mandies, increase of scale of procurement, etc. requires intervention and solution at local level. She also assured that the left over issues will be taken up with the concerned ministry to ease out difficulties of the farmers.
Regarding the demand of opening of sugar mills in the border belt of Kathua put forth by BDCs, the minister advised to rope in private players through PPP mode. About the demand of dedicated mandi for basmati paddy crop, the minister said efforts should be made to utilise the platform of APEDA for exploring the scope of exporting local basmati of Kathua district.

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