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Punjab heads for bumper paddy crop of 191 lakh tonnes

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Chandigarh, Sep 24: As Punjab is ready to harvest a bumper paddy crop of 191 lakh tonnes, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday requested the Centre to help in getting authorisation of cash credit limit for the kharif season from the Reserve Bank of India expeditiously.

Keeping in view the coming kharif Season, the Chief Minister held discussion with Union Secretary, Food and Public Distribution Sudhanshu Pandey here.

Pandey said the Centre has decided to procure the paddy in the state from October 1.

Expecting a bumper paddy crop, the Chief Minister told him that the Centre had fixed a target for procurement of 170 lakh tonnes of paddy. However, as per state estimates, 191 lakh tonnes is expected for which arrangements are being made.

He sought support from the Centre to ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement.

Showing concern over the slow movement of food grains stacked in state warehouses, the Chief Minister asked Pandey to immediately tie up with the Railways to get these vacated so that additional space could be created for the storage of fresh paddy.

The Union Secretary said the Railway Board has already allowed 70-80 racks daily for transporting food grains from Punjab to other destinations across the country.

The Chief Minister said Punjab is experiencing unprecedented rains for 10 days and as per the India Meteorological Department, it is expected that precipitation would be continue for 5-7 days more.

Due to weather vagaries, it is expected the quality of paddy crop may be affected. The Chief Minister requested the Union Secretary to allow the relaxation in norms, if need be.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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