SIALKOT: The provincial government has decided to depute the Grade 16 and 17 officials on special monitoring duty at all the 43 official wheat procurement centers established by the food department in Gujranwala Division’s five Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat , Mandi Bahaud Din and Gujranwala districts. The PASSCO will directly purchase wheat yield from the growers in Hafizabad district.
Deputy Director Food Gujranwala Division Ch. Naveed Ashraf disclosed this while talking to the newsmen here Wednesday after visiting several official wheat procurement centers at Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and surrounding areas.
He said that the purpose of deputing the Grade 16 and 17 officials at the official wheat procurement centers was to ensure transparent wheat procurement direct from the small wheat growers and farmers, besides curbing the menace of middlemen and protecting the rights of wheat growers and farmers. He said that Grade 16 and 17 officials would monitor the entire wheat procurement and issuance of gunny bags to the growers as well.
He said that the lists of all the Grade 16 and 17 officials from the concerned DCOs of the above mentioned districts have already been sought for this purpose.
Deputy Director Food Gujranwala Division Ch. Naveed Ashraf revealed that these senior officials would perform their special duties at the official wheat procurement centers from April 20, 2014 to June 15, 2014, which would dispatch their separate daily monitoring reports about the issuance of the gunny bags and wheat procurement daily to their related DCOs to ensure transparency, in this regard.
He said that the issuance of the gunny bags to the wheat growers would start from April 15, 2014 in the above mentioned districts, while the official wheat procurement will begin from April 20, 2014, as all the necessary arrangements have been made for this purpose.
On the other hand, the middlemen are very active in the field before the start of the official wheat procurement, as they were busy in motivating the wheat growers to sell their wheat yield in the local open markets instead of selling it at the official wheat procurement centers established by the food department to purchase the wheat yield direct from the wheat growers and farmers.
The wheat growers are also giving priority to sell their wheat yield in the local open markets, saying that the official supporting wheat prices were much less than the expenditures of the wheat cultivation including high prices of oil and seeds as well.