increase the speed of cotton procurement at centres across
Maharashtra, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on
According to an official statement, Deshmukh said that
cotton from 100 vehicles will be purchased daily and not from
20 to 25 vehicles as earlier.
The minister made the comment after a review meeting
of the agriculture department. The meeting was chaired by
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and also attended by his
deputy Ajit Pawar.
Deshmukh said cotton procurement was stopped in view
of the lockdown. It was resumed on the condition of adhering
to norms regarding social distancing.
The speed of procurement, however, was slow with
cotton from only 20 to 25 vehicles was being purchased (per
“Cotton growers still have a lot of cotton with them.
The need for purchasing the cotton before the monsoon sets in
was discussed in the meeting.
“Some ministers said cotton from only 20 to 25
vehicles was being purchased daily. Now cotton from 100
vehicles will be procured everyday at every centre,” the
statement quoted Deshmukh as saying.
The chief minister and deputy chief minister have
warned of strict action against graders who fail to ensure the
purchase of cotton on this scale, Deshmukh said.
Thackeray and Pawar also ordered registration of
offences against those selling uncertified cotton seeds in the
state, the home minister added. PTI ENM
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