Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh visited the new grain market in Sector 39 for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, Rahdha Mohan said that till October 2, 250 grain markets have come under the government scheme Ek Desh Ek Bazar. The aim is to bring 200 more grain markets directly under the government’s wing by March 2017. He said that burning paddy stubble was harmful and farmers should not indulge in it.
Singh also said that Punjab government was yet to implement this scheme but the government has given funds to eight states to start horticulture farming with growing fruits and trees.
The members of the market committee said that they would continue with the cleanliness drive till the end of this month.
Meanwhile, as the minister was to visit the new grain market, concerned officials put an old banner pertaining to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The banner, prepared by the Himachal Mandi Board, was prepared for the drive conducted from November 1, 2015 to November 11, 2015. When a senior officer noticed this, he directed an official to correct the dates with a marker.
When marker failed to remove the glitch, Ramvir Bhatti, Chairman of the market committee, decided to remove the banner at the last moment.