The India Post, Chandigarh, 5th January, 2009:The system of recording the arrivals by maintaining the gate entry register at the four main entry points of the Subzi Mandi, Sector 26, Chandigarh has been made operational w.e.f. the 1st of January, 2009.
The system was put in place after a decision to this effect was taken at a high level review meeting of the administration held to discuss the details of certaincomplaints made to the administration by some representatives of the Subzi Mandi regarding pilferage and malpractices in the Mandi . The entry points are now being manned under the supervision of senior officers of the administration.
The details of the vehicles carrying the goods like vehicle number, commodity brought by the producer and its approximate quantity are being recorded in the gate entry register. The main purpose behind this exercise is to duly regulate and cross verify the arrivals of the fruits and vegetables to the Mandi which form the basis of the market fees accruing to the Market Committee and to plug the leakages in the system . All efforts have been made to ensure that the public in not inconvenienced in any way and the smooth inflow of goods is maintained.
A comparative assessment of the average per day arrivals for the first four days of January with that of the average per day arrivals for the month of December reveals a marked increase in the arrivals of various fruits and vegetables received in the Mandi. The average per day arrival of potato has shown a significant increase of 69.78%, the onion arrival has increased by almost 20 % while the arrival of tomato shows a 55 %
increase. The percentage increase is more pronounced in the case of vegetables like cabbage, carrot and radish which have recorded an increase of 134%, 133% and 136% respectively. The arrival of garlic has shown a marked increase of 129 % and that of cauliflower by 80 %. The arrival of peas has increased from 290 quintals per day in December to 365 quintals per day in January showing a percentage increase in arrival of upto 25 % with that of brinjal and green chilly having increased by 16% and 13 %
respectively. The most stupendous increase has been in the case of arrival of apples which has shown a 446% increase .Increase in arrivals has also been recorded for Kinnu and Cheeku, both of which have recorded an increase of 119 % and 163 %.The comparative assessment shows a significant increase in the arrivals of both fruits and vegetables since the introduction of the system of recording the arrivals at the entry points has been introduced.