Chennai: On Friday Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa conveyed that the administration has decided to commence e-procurement amenities at paddy procurement centres to put aside farmers from the harass of standing in queue for extended hours to sell their produce. Declaring the scheme, costing Rs 13.43 crore, in the congregation, she has also further conveyed that, cultivators will have to either record online or through e-seva centres to intimate the procurement centre regarding their plan to sell the produce.
She has also further conveyed that, once planters register their names, mobile number, land details, crop acreage and the period of harvest, the procurement centre will send them SMS aware intimating them the date on which they will have to take the manufacture to the centre. The scheme would be introduce this year itself. Direct procurement centres will be offered gadgets like computer and electronic weighing machines. After procuring paddy, the procurement centre will issue slips with features of the commodity conventional. The payment will go straight to the bank accounts of the farmers. She has also conveyed that the administration would set up a modern rice mill at Valangaiman division of Tiruvarur district at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
The rice mill, to be set up by the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation, will have a capacity to grip 30,000 tonnes. Jayalalithaa has also further conveyed that, the rice from this mill would be used for public distribution scheme. She also conveyed that, two godowns with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes will be manufactured at Kottur and Needamangalam in Tiruvarur district. The administration will also set up silos in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts. Five grain saving godowns will be manufactures at a cost of Rs 18.50 crore at Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district, Arakkonam in Vellore district, Manamadurai in Sivaganga district, Namakkal and Cuddalore. The administration has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for structuring of fresh buildings for direct procurement centres. The chief minister also authorized funds for new buildings for main cooperative societies and agricultural primary cooperative banks.