Bhopal: Preparations for wheat purchase at minimum support price from farmers are in final stage. Purchases will begin collectively from 15 March across the state. The state government has adopted e-procurement process now.

The state government is using e-procurement process for online registration of farmers and to give them early notification about date and place for purchase. The NIC and service provider are prepared to complete the activity through sending SMSes.  

However, the government has already successfully tested sending SMSes to notify the farmers on wheat purchases last year in Harda district of the state. The initiative was appreciated both by the farmers and the Central government.

SMS will be sent twice to the farmers, first before March 15 to inform the details of purchase date, place and amount of wheat to be procured. The second SMS will be sent as reminder to the farmers just four days prior to the beginning of the procurement.

Interestingly, the service provider is giving its services at a charge of only 2 paise per SMS and the cost will be borne by the state government.