Marketing of food grains is a cornerstone element of the agricultural sector in a state. The food and civil supplies department of the Punjab government, has been taking efficient and effective steps to ensure suave and hassle free marketing of food grains.
The state of Punjab has been operating pro – actively towards repairing, maintenance and construction of link roads which is clearly evident from the fact that, all the villages of the state are linked with mandis, with the help of a vast network of rural link roads that are carpeted every six years with the premix. Punjab, being an agrarian state where 75% of the population depends directly or indirectly on agriculture to earn a living, and stringent efforts are being made by the state government to improve the facilities in all respects.
The agricultural produce of the farmers shall yield productive results only when, its cornerstone i.e. marketing of food grains is operating efficiently in a state. The marketing of food grains in Punjab is witnessed to be a success in the state, owing to the potent road network and its maintenance.
The total length of rural link roads as on 30.06.2002 was 42,000 km, prior to which about 6000 KM of link roads have been constructed under various schemes which is 1500 km, 3000 km, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and various others schemes which are approved by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Chairman of Punjab Mandi Board.
Punjab State Agricultural Marketing Board raised a loan of about Rs. 89 crores, from the Oriental Bank of Commerce with a view of providing additional infrastructural facilities. The project includes 53 market committees which covers approximately 178 places in the state for development.
The Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojna, which was initiated in the year 2000 by the then Prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who contributed in a large quantum towards upgrading of inter-village routes, and their maintenance, thereby improving the link roads in the state for marketing of food grains.
Numbers sourced from a statistical survey by www.agropedia.com, the total road network of the Punjab state is 47,605 km, out of which, 97% of the villages are connected by metal roads. All the cities and the major towns of the adjoining states are connected by National Highway. In contrast to metal roads, there are link roads carpeted for about 31,657 kms in the state.
The Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government of Punjab, has been successful in providing a responsive government of dedicated politicians who can live up to the basic standards of a state, such as an efficient development in the infrastructure and the agricultural sector of the Punjab state. After all, Punjab – a state of about 27.98 million people cannot afford a perception that their state lacks of basic facilities such as link roads.