Noting that a robust system for paddy procurement was absent in Odisha, the Comptroller and Auditor General today said Paddy Procurement Centres (PPC) were not functioning properly due to delay in their opening and in the absence of godown facilities.
Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC) procured paddy valued at Rs 25,509 crore during 2010-15, but subsidy of Rs 581.68 crore for the period was not released by the Centre due to delay in finalisation of accounts, said the CAG report on General and Social Sector for the year ended March, 2015.
It said PPCs were not functioning properly as delay/ non-opening of such centres, absence of godown facilities, non-calibration of weighing machines and non-intimation of actual dates of procurement to farmers were noticed.
Against marketable surplus of 8,512.44 quintals, 17,981.51 quintals–9,469.07 quintal excess–paddy was procured from 25 farmers and 1,914.19 quintal procured from 19 farmers who had no agricultural land, it said.
Dharitri ePaper 27/09/2016 : http://www.dharitri.com/Angul/