Minister slams officials for failing to reach target of paddy-purchase

COOCHBEHAR
12 Jun 2018

West Bengal minister for food & supply department Jyotipriya Mallick expressed on Tuesday strong discontent at the ‘unsatisfactory performance’ of district administrations in collecting paddy from the farmers. The minister asked officials to act promptly in reaching the target of purchasing paddy as set by the state government.
Mallick held a meeting at Lansdowne Hall with district officials in presence of North Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh, local MP Partha Pratim Roy, sabhadhipati of zilla parishad Pushpita Roy and DM Koushik Saha.
The officials responsible for purchasing paddy could not escape the minister’s wrath when he noticed that against the target of purchase 1.15 lakh ton of paddy, only 60000 metric ton could be availed so far.
“Why Coochbehar should depend on rice produced in other districts. You have to be independent in procuring rice. Chief Minister has sanctioned Rs 8900 crore, highest amount for food & supply department in the budget. Officials have no right in thwarting plan of the state government,” irked minister said.
Mallick also warned that strong action would be taken if poor quality of rice was distributed through rationing system. (EOIC)