Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Centre to ensure immediate supply of remaining 37,000 bales of gunny bags to the state for wheat procurement.
   
In a letter written to the Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies (independent charge) K V Thomas on Tuesday, the Chief Minister has said that Thomas had earlier assured him and the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj that 2.69 lakh bales of gunny bags would be supplied to the state for wheat procurement by May 15.
   
For this, the State Government had made an indent in November/February, Chouhan said and informed the Union Minister of State about actual status of gunny bags’ supply till date.
   
The Chief Minister further said in his letter that so far the State has received 50,000 bales of gunny bags from DGS&D after his meeting with Thomas on April 25, 2012.
   
Besides, two rakes each laden with 9,000 bales of gunny bags are also reaching Madhya Pradesh and Chouhan has expressed gratitude toward Thomas for this.
   
He informed Thomas that the state is still awaiting date-wise supply of remaining 37,000 bales of gunny bags (seven to eight rakes), which the state is yet to receive. In his letter, Chouhan has informed the Union Minister of State that over 57 lakh metric tonnes of wheat has been procured on support price from farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
   
He said that 30 percent of the estimated quantum of total procurement is to be purchased during this fortnight. Chouhan said that pre-monsoon rains have already started in the state and therefore, he requested the Union Minister to send remaining 37,000 bales of gunny bags to Madhya Pradesh at the earliest.

(Agencies)


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