HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister Dr K Rosaiah today asked top
officials of the Marketing and Central Warehousing Corporations that required
go-down space be created in the State to store the procurement of food-grains
so that there is no glut in the market. He said there would be record arrivals
of food-grains in the market this year due to the expected arrivals of a bumper
agricultural crop. The Chief Minister suggested short-term and long-term plans
to solve the problems of go-down shortage. He directed the department to
involve private sector also in go-down construction with attractive packages.
Officials told the Chief Minister that the Department of
Marketing is Creating 6.0 Lakh MT go-down space by AMCs in collaboration with
APSWC. Construction of 3.0 Lakh MT of storage go-dowons will be completed with
in six months. Under a 10-year Guarantee Scheme of FCI for 5 Lakh Metric Tonnes
of storage space, tenders have been received and being taken up for evaluation
by the FCI. To avoid Glut of Paddy in the markets during this marketing season,
steps are being taken to hire private go-downs for one year apart from
construction of new go-downs, in consultation with FCI with APSWC as nodal
The Chief Minister was informed that 11 more Rythu Bazaars
have been established in the state since 2006, five new rythu bazaars will be
opened in Greater Hyderabad by this year end itself. Five new Rythu Bazaars
will be established at Tuni and Mandapeta in East Godavari District,
Adarshnagar in Karimnagar District and Kankipadu in Krishna District.
Officials explained that to control the prices of onions,
the Department of Marketing has started the Market Invervention scheme through
the Rythu Bazaars of Twin Cities from September 29, 2010. Till date, a total
of 175 tonnes of Onion are sold through special counters and mobile Rythu
Bazaars by Self help groups at Rs.15/- per kg. The prices will further decline
from November as export demand has reduced from China and Pakistan. In case of
Turmeric, prices may not witness any sharp fall in view of a lower carryover
stock, estimated at three lakh bags. There is increase in acreage from 0.59
lakh hectors to 0.4 lakh hectors in A.P. and new crop arrivals are expected
this year from mid January.
Minister for Cooperation, R Venkat Reddy presented the
draft of a new and Unified Cooperative Act, 2010. The proposed Cooperative Act
will replace the existing A.P. Cooperative Societies Act, 1964 and A.P.
Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act, 1995. The main thrust of the proposed
legislation is to make the cooperatives autonomous and members-controlled
democratic institutions with minimum interference from the State. The draft Act
is released for public debate and for ascertaining the views and suggestions
from the stakeholders. The text of the Draft Cooperative Act, 2010 can be
accessed at website http://cooperation.ap.gov.in.
The Chief Minister reviewed the status of Cooperative
Credit System in the State. Officials informed the Chief Minister that nearly
Rs.6900 crore were provided to the Cooperative Credit System in the State by
the Government of India and State Government since 2005. The Government have
already constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee to review the implementation of
Revival Package for Cooperative Credit System and suggest road map for further
reforms to make the system self-sufficient and farmer friendly.
The Chief Minister was explained that a record Rs.2831
crore of crop loan has been disbursed during Khariff 2010 through the
Cooperative System. An ambitious target of disbursement of Rs.1885 crore for
crop loans during the coming Rabi season has been fixed. Dr.Rosaiah was briefed
about the progress of Computerisation of PACSs and DCCBs. So far the Ranga
Reddy District is the 1st in the Country to have total computerization of all
the 49 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies. The Cabinet Sub-Committee
will take a decision on the 295 ineligible PACSs which would not get assistance
under the Vidyanathan Package and are to be merged with other PACSs. Special
Audit conducted for these 295 ineligible PACSs and the financial status
presented before the Cabinet sub-committee. The Chief Minister was informed
that elections to Rural Electric Cooperative Societies to Chipurupalli and
Kuppam are to be completed by 31st October, 2010.
Cooperation R Venkat Reddy, Minister for Marketing Damodar Rajanarasimha,
Principal Secretary, Agriculture Marketing and Cooperation, K R Kishore,
Commissioner, Marketing, Ar. Sukumar, MD, A.P. State Warehousing Corporation,
Balasubramaniam, Secretary, Finance, T Satyanarayana and other officials
attended the meeting.