Of the 23 procurement states in the country, 20 have integrated key data related to farmers such as land records and details of digital mandis with a portal managed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The step has been taken to ensure that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the current Kharif season reaches farmers instead of “middlemen”.
A food grain procurement portal of the ministry has integrated all such data, called Minimum Limit Parameter (MTP), provided by the procuring states. Official sources said Himachal Pradesh, along with Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, are the two union territories and one state, which are in an advanced stage of integrating their respective data with the Centre’s procurement portal.
The consumer affairs ministry had asked all the procurement states to integrate their MTPs with their foodgrain procurement portals to ensure that the MSPs reach the farmers.
The MTP contains five important details related to farmers that the states were asked to integrate so that there is uniformity on the portal.
Firstly the states had to register the farmers online with the details of their address, contact numbers, bank accounts as well as land records.
Other states had to integrate the details of farmers with their own land records portal. Thereafter, states were to integrate digital mandis and procurement center operations to form one for buyers and sellers.
In the fourth phase, the states had to create an online payment infrastructure so that the MSP amount could be easily transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers.
Finally, the states were to ensure automatic generation of billing after the stock was procured.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs said that the integration of MTP data with the central government portal allows real-time monitoring of benefits reaching farmers, quantity of crops purchased, status of payments made to farmers and available Will ensure the actual stock holding. said.
Official sources said the need for data integration was felt as till now no pan-India mechanism was available to monitor the entire process.