To ensure smooth and timely procurement during the coming Rabi season, the Punjab cabinet gave its nod to new food grains transportation as well as labour and cartage policies. The policies will apply to the various procurement agencies of the state food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department. These include Pungrain, Markfed, Punjab State Warehousing Corporation, Punsup, Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation, and also the Food Corporation of India (FCI), which procure food grains from various designated mandis.
The Punjab Labour & Cartage Policy, 2018-19:
To ensure hassle-free lifting during the Rabi 2018-19 procurement season, commencing from April 1, 2018, the cabinet has okayed the new policies for labour and cartage and transportation of wheat from mandis to the storage points. Under the policies, for smooth transportation and timely lifting of grains, various Labour & Cartage (L&C) Societies will be given priority to carry out the operations of labour and cartage at the basic rates. The remaining work of labour and cartage (up to 8 km) and transportation of wheat, beyond 8 km, will be allocated though a competitive and transparent online tender system.