What had worried the state authorities was the ensuing kharif marketing season, as the machinery had to be geared up to procure paddy at increased price. In Chhattisgarh, paddy procurement normally starts in November and continues till January end. In the last kharif marketing season, the state had procured 8.2 million tonnes of of the crop from farmers and expected the same flow in the season 2019-20.
“Chief Secretary Sunil Kujur held a high level meeting with top officials in the state government and reviewed the situation,” a senior official with finance department said. A detailed discussion was held on how to curtail the unnecessary expenditure and increase revenue.
The departments have been asked to prepare a road map for the remaining six months of the financial year and submit it within a month, suggesting ways and means to achieve this end.