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P-PAS Entice C’Garh

Bhubaneswar: Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) of Odisha is generating lot of interest among the other Paddy Procuring States.

This is because P-PAS has been scripting success in the State and has been very useful for the farmers.

So Government of Chhattisgarh has taken lot of interest to study the P-PAS arrangement in the State.

Accordingly a four member team from Government of Chhattisgarh, comprising of senior officers and experts, are on a 2-day visit to Odisha to understand the factors behind the success of Odisha’s Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) through Satellite-based image analysis of paddy crops.

The team led by senior officer Dilip Jaiswal on reaching Bhubaneswar today, had a meeting with the Managing Director, Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC), Subham Saxena to understand the modalities and workflow of the P-PAS.

They were explained with the detail modalities that how Odisha has successfully made path-breaking intervention while implementing the automation system equipped with satellite assisted paddy crop validation with the help of Odisha Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC). 

The Team Chhattisgarh will also have a field visit to Khordha and Puri districts to witness the process flow of the procurement and validation cycle.

Other members of the visiting team are Rahul Andraskar, Manu Gaurav Singh and Senior Representatives from NIC.

This innovative intervention has tremendous potential to bring relief to genuine farmers in the State and ensure proper targeting of Government of Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy, officials say.

P-PAS aims to make the procurement process smooth, efficient and transparent.

Farmers have registered themselves through an Aadhaar-linked online system.

The farmer is issued a token generated and is given a time period of one month to sell his/her paddy at the nearby paddy procurement centre (PPC) (cooperative society/mandi) at the minimum support price (MSP).

Due to the linkage with Aadhaar, the farmer has to be present at the Mandi to authenticate his/her biometrics while selling the produce.

The payment is to be made directly to the bank accounts of the farmers, which is helping out lakh of farmers, officials say.