The state government today set up a 30-member control room at the mandi board for coordination and providing logistic support during the wheat harvesting and marketing season, set to begin on April 15 amid unprecedented security and safety measures to ensure smooth operations in view of the Covid-19 clampdown.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday reviewed arrangements for the rabi operations via videoconferencing with the officials concerned.
Capt Amarinder also wrote to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, seeking her intervention to revive manufacturing at the jute mills in her state against the pending indents for gunny bales placed by Punjab.
The CM said indents had been placed for 3.4 lakh jute bales from December 2019 to March 2020, and approximately Rs1,000 crore had been transferred in advance in the escrow account of the Jute Commissioner of India, Kolkata. As per the information, of 3.4 lakh bales, 2.46 lakh had been cleared in inspection, and 2.30 lakh bales had been dispatched to date.