Chief Secretary directs prompt crop damage survey and speedy lifting of grain stocks from Mandis

Chandigarh, April 20 (< No.IPRDH/2024>)- Haryana, Chief Secretary Sh. T.V.S.N Prasad today directed the Deputy Commissioners to promptly survey crops damaged by hailstorms to ensure timely compensation for affected farmers. He emphasised that farmer satisfaction is paramount.

The Chief Secretary was reviewing the ongoing procurement activities during the Rabi Marketing season in Haryana with the Deputy Commissioners, officers from the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, representatives from the Food Corporation of India, and various other agencies. Deputy Commissioners participated in the meeting via video conference.

Sh. Prasad stressed the need to expedite the lifting of stocks from the Mandis, insisting that at least 50 percent of the stocks be promptly transferred to godowns by tomorrow evening. He directed Deputy Commissioners to facilitate dialogue between commission agents and farmers, urging farmers to refrain from bringing their crops to the Mandis to clear space for wheat arrivals. Consequently, there will be no purchase tomorrow, i.e. on April 21.

The Chief Secretary also underscored that the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department has also authorised district authorities to utilize vehicles owned by commission agents (Arhatis) for transporting crops from Mandis to warehouses. They will be paid rates already approved by the department for hiring such vehicles. This initiative aims to bolster the availability of transportation resources and expedite the uptake process, he added.

The Chief Secretary asked Administrative Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners, along with officers involved in Rabi crop procurement, to make the payment to farmers within 72 hours of issuing the J-Form. He also directed the administrative secretaries to visit the allotted Mandis to ensure a seamless procurement process of grains.

Sh. Prasad gave clear directions to the officers that farmers should not face any problem in selling their crops, and payment for the crops should be ensured within the stipulated period under all circumstances. The Chief Secretary mentioned that for the convenience of the farmers, silos have also been made procurement centers where the farmers can directly take their crops to sell.

Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Smt. Ashima Brar, Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Sh. Mukul Kumar and other senior officers from FCI and Haryana Warehousing Corporation remained present during the meeting.


It is essential to have the name of the publisher and the person publishing the pamphlet or poster - District Election Officer

Number of copies should be mentioned on published material

Chandigarh-20 April (<>)- Karnal, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Sh. Uttam Singh emphasised that during the Lok Sabha General Elections-2024 and Karnal Assembly by-election, the name of the publisher, as well as the number of copies, should be printed on posters or pamphlets. He said that the Election Commission of India, the Haryana Election Commission, and the district administration will closely monitor the details of election expenditure. Therefore, printing press operators will fill out Annexure Forms One and Two to clarify which press printed the campaign material and who sponsored it. Apart from this, the press operators will also have to provide details of how many copies were printed.

The District Election Officer said that before publishing election campaign material, press operators should check that the language and content of the campaign material, do not contain any objectionable words. The language of the campaign material should not be derogatory to any person or party. If any complaint is found in this regard, action can be taken against both the publisher and the one who asked to publish it under Section 127-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

He further stated that the complete details of printing handbills, pamphlets, posters, banners, etc., will be kept by the press operator. It can be demanded by the Election Department at any time. The full responsibility for printing the campaign material lies with the publisher and the person who gets it published. Ideal attention should be paid to the Model Code of Conduct in this work.


Digital voter ID card now available for download

Chandigarh, April 20 (<>)

- Kaithal, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Sh. Prashant Panwar said that in a move towards digitization, the Election Commission has made it possible to perform important election-related tasks online. The Election Commission has launched the Digital Voter Identity Card or Electronic Electoral Photo Identity Card (e-EPIC) facility across the country.

Download Voter ID card online

He said that if a voter's voter ID has been lost or they want to save a digital copy of their voter card, they can easily download their voter card on their mobile or computer from the Voter Helpline app or the Election Commission's website Importantly, the digital voter card e-EPIC can also be uploaded to the DigiLocker and it can also be printed.

e-EPIC: A non-editable PDF version of the original voter ID card

Sh. Panwar said that the e-EPIC voter card is a non-editable PDF version of the original voter ID card. The PDF version of the voter ID can also be used as an address proof along with identity. This digital ID proof can be easily accessed by storing it on a mobile phone or DigiLocker.

How to Download Digital Voter ID Card

He stated that to download the digital card, visit the National Voter Portal New users will need to register themselves. Then click on the option to download e-EPIC. Then enter the e-EPIC number or form reference number. An OTP will come on the registered mobile number. After that, the option to download e-EPIC will be available.