STATE TIMES NEWS POUNI: Apni Mandi building constructed and completed in village Puriya of Block Pouni during 2008, at a cost of over Rs 18 lakh, is lying vacant and unutilised for the last over a decade thus putting the exchequer to a great loss on one hand and making the users to suffer unnecessarily for such a long period. The progressive farmers of the block Pouni strongly criticised that they were made to suffer recurring loss due to non-sale of their agricultural and horticulture products in the absence of a proper outlet and on the other hand the Apni Mandi building provided by the Government in the block remained vacant for over a decade due to the reasons best known to the constructing agency. Sources revealed that the building in question was constructed by Horticulture Planning and Marketing wing and was not handed over to the concerned department after formal inauguration. The lack of care and maintenance of this vacant building for such a long period has caused damage which required further investment on its repair. The Mandi which should have been put into use immediately on its completion for the purpose it was constructed to ensure the fair use of the Government money but on the contrary it was kept vacant and unused. They said that the Government money to the tune of Rs 18 lakh remained blocked for such a long period causing great loss to the exchequer. The progressive farmers of Pouni Block including Bhajan Singh, Harjeet Singh, Gurdev Singh and others have appealed to the District Development Commissioner (DDC) Reasi to look into the case and issue suitable instructions to the concerned departments to put this building into use so that the Mandi is made functional for the benefit of progressive farmers.
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