CM calls on Piyush Goyal, seeks immediate release of pending payment of RDF and MDF worth Rs 3095 cr
New Delhi, (Global News) Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday sought the kind intervention of Union Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal for immediate release of pending arrears of Rural Development Fee (RDF) and Market Development Fee (MDF) worth Rs 3095 crore.
The Chief Minister, who called on Piyush Goyal here at his office, said that the Union government has not yet released RDF worth Rs 2880 crore for KMS 2021-22, RMS 2022-23 and KMS 2022-23 and MDF worth Rs 215 crore. He said that these funds are utilised for the holistic development of the state especially in the rural areas. However, Bhagwant Mann bemoaned that due to non release of these funds the development of state, especially in rural areas, has been adversely affected.
The Chief Minister said that RDF is payable to Punjab Rural Development Board of Government of Punjab as per section 7 of Punjab Rural Development Act 1987, @3% of MSP. He said that RDF has been paid on regular basis since 1987 till RMS 2020-21 as per rate notified (3% of MSP) by Government of Punjab till RMS 2020-21. Bhagwant Mann said that the purpose of this fund is basically to promote the agriculture and rural infrastructure which ultimately add to overall development of agriculture viz rural road network, marketing infrastructure, augmentation of storage facility, land record computerization, automation, mechanization of mandis and others.