Paddy procurement centre in panchayat areas

Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to open paddy procurement centres in every panchayat area and computerise the entire process of monitoring.

The move was aimed at making the paddy procurement system more transparent and also to curb distress sale of paddy in the state, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Niranjan Pujari said.

He said computerised monitoring was being experimented on a pilot basis in Subarnapur district.

The move came amidst allegation by opposition Congress and BJP leaders that distress sale of paddy was taking place in different parts of the state notwithdstanding the state government`s claims that it had adopted several measures to prevent such a thing.