There are about 23 major procurement states in the country. 10 of them have incorporated MTP in their procurement portals, which have been integrated with the Central Foodgrains Procurement Portal
10 states, including Punjab and Haryana, have integrated farmers with a central portal, capturing key parameters such as land records and digital mandis. A senior Food Ministry official said on Thursday that this important information is needed for verification during the procurement of paddy in the ongoing kharif marketing season so that the MSP (minimum support price) reaches the farmers and not the traders. And 10 states are ready with software with complete details. While Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are in advance stage of integration of Minimum Limit Norms (MTP).
It has been directed by the Central Government to adopt the states procuring food grains so that middlemen can be monitored in procurement operations and ensure that farmers get Minimum Support Price (MSP).
According to news agency PTI, there are about 23 major procurement states in the country. 10 of them have incorporated MTP in their procurement portals, which have been integrated with the Central Foodgrains Procurement Portal. He said that the major procurement states like Punjab and Haryana have already been integrated and procurement has started smoothly. He said that three more states are in advance stage of doing so and will complete the process in the next few days. There are five key details in the minimum ceiling norm that states are required to enter in their procurement portals to ensure uniformity and inter-operability among them.
First, the states need to ensure the collection of online registration of farmers and sharecroppers, their addresses, mobile numbers, Aadhaar numbers, bank account details, land details and many other information. Second, the states will have to integrate the registered farmer data with the state’s land records portal. Third, states will have to integrate digital market and procurement center operations for buyer and seller forms and bill of sale etc.
Fourth, states will have to set up an online payment mechanism for direct and speedy transfer of MSP to farmers. Fifth, states will have to put in place a mechanism for ‘auto generation’ of acceptance notes, wet check memos and billing on acquisition of stock. It said that due to the change in procurement system, both systemic and implementation challenges were faced while implementing the schemes of the central government.
The new process, which began with the start of the 2021-22 kharif marketing season in October, will go a long way in expediting the reconciliation of procurement data with the states and the release of funds by the central government to the states. The ministry further said that “to help the country achieve higher levels of transparency and efficiency in procurement operations, standardization of operations is essential, which will ultimately ensure food security for the people of the country.” This will ultimately help in achieving the objectives of the Center and implementation of the National Food Security Act.