The Center has extended the deadline for Telangana to supply custom-milled rice to the central pool to August 31, following the millers’ representation.
The deadline has been extended to August 31 for the 2020-21 rabi season and the 2021-22 kharif season. While the 2020-21 rice had to be given no later than June 30, the deadline for the kharif rice was July 31. The extension was given following representations from rice millers, who lost about six weeks after the Center cut off supplies from the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
Now, the mills are expected to clear backlogs of 30 lakh tonnes of rice from the two seasons.
“No more extension”
The Center halted the procurement process after seeing serious discrepancies in stock figures, in addition to quality issues. The Center was also upset with the state government for not distributing rice under the PMGKAY (PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) even after withdrawing huge amounts from the central pool.
Asking the Telangana government to comply with the prescribed standards, the Union Ministry of Consumer Food and Public Distribution warned that there would be no further extensions to dispose of the rice remaining.
He asked the state government and the FCI to ensure that there is no recycling of the rice.
What is recycling
Recycling takes place when unscrupulous elements infuse rice distributed through the public distribution system into supply chains. This leads to huge losses for the treasury as the violators buy the PDS rice at low price and resell it at a higher price offered by the FCI. “You must ensure that only rice verified during the recent physical verification will be supplied to the FCI,” the ministry said in a letter to the Consumer Commissioner’s Department (Food and Civil Supplies).
July 28, 2022