As many as 20 states, including Punjab and Haryana, have captured and integrated key parameters such as farmers’ land records and digital mandis with a central portal. Such information is needed for cross checking during paddy procurement in the ongoing kharif marketing season to ensure MSP reaches farmers and not traders.
Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are in the advanced stage of integration of the ‘Minimum Threshold Parameters (MTP)’ which the central government directed to all procuring states to do so in order to keep a check on middlemen in procurement operation and ensure farmers get the minimum support price (MSP), he said.
“There are about 23 key procuring states in the country. Out of which, 20 of them have captured MTPs in their procurement portals which have been integrated with a central foodgrain procurement portal,” the official told PTI.
Already, major procuring states like Punjab and Haryana have integrated and procurement has commenced smoothly, he said, and added that three more states are in advanced stage and will complete the process in the next few days.
The minimum threshold parameters are five key details which states are required to capture in their procurement portals to ensure uniformity and inter-operability among them.
First, states are required to ensure online registration of farmers and sharecroppers, along with their address, mobile number, Aadhaar number, bank account details, land details and among others.
Second, states have to integrate registered farmer data with the state’s land record portal. Third, states have to integrate digitized mandi and procurement centre operations for generating buyer and seller forms and bill of sale proceeds, etc.
Four, states have to put in place an online payment mechanism for direct and speedy transfer of MSP to farmers. Fifth, states have to put in place a mechanism for auto generation of billing upon uploading of acceptance note, weight check memo and takeover of the stock. “The data to flow through API (application programming interface) based integration to the proposed unified Government of India Portal for real time reporting of farmers/sharecroppers benefitted, number of small/marginal farmers, yield, quantity procured, payment made, inventory management of central pool stocks,” the ministry said in a statement.