Kolkata: The Bengal Food and Supplies department has decided to transfer money for procurement of paddy directly to the bank account of farmers.
The step has been taken so that farmers do not get unnecessarily harassed while collecting cheques and again while depositing them in the Branch in which they have their accounts. Moreover, the system was time consuming.
With the introduction of the mechanism of direct transfer of money to their respective accounts, they do not have to wait for the cheque to get cleared. They just need to go to their banks and update their pass books to check whether the money is showing in the available balance of their account or not.
The State Food & Supplies Minister, said: “The new system of transferring money directly to the account of farmers would get introduced by mid December.”
Meanwhile, the State Food & Supplies department has constituted four Vigilance Squad Teams for inspection of godowns in different districts.
At the beginning of every Kharif season, the department needs to inspect the store houses in districts to tally the report given by them on the remaining stock of food grain and the reality.
This time four teams have been constituted and they started the inspection from Friday. The officials found that the report given on the remaining stock was correct during the inspection that was carried out in South 24-Parganas on Friday.
The inspection was conducted in South Dinajpur on Saturday. The State Food & Supplies Minister said: “Inspection would be carried out in distributor and dealer level this time. If needed, the department may also take the help of the Criminal Investigation Department and local police.”