Haryana Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that elaborate arrangements have been made in the mandis across the state for mustard procurement starting from April 15 and wheat procurement starting from April 20. In view of the second phase of the nationwide lockdown till May 3, implementation of social distancing will be ensured in mandis. The number of procurement centers has also been increased substantially this procurement season for avoiding overcrowding in the mandis.
He was responding to a query raised by the electronic media, today after the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown period to May 3,2020.
He said that to ensure social distancing, the number of farmers bringing their produce to mandis has been resticted. Also, the number of mustard procurement centers has been increased from 67 to about 140 and the number of wheat procurement centres from 477 to about 2,000 so that the farmers do not face any kind of problem while visiting the mandis for selling their produce.
In response to another query, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the nationwide lockdown period of the second phase has been extended to 19 days. He added that the government will take decisions according to the need. He said that there will be no shortage of essential commodities and strict action will be taken against those who indulge in black marketing and profiteering of these commodities.
Mr. Dushyant Chautala said more than 5,000 litres of country liquor has been seized in the last few days and cases have been registered.
In response to another question, Mr. Dushyant Chautala said that the production can be allowed in factories with 30 percent manpower. He informed that with this, about 3 lakh workers are currently being taken care of in the state.