A delegation of rice millers of Haryana, who met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday, highlighted various problems faced by them in the trade.
Stating that they had also submitted a memorandum to Hooda, the delegation members held that the chief minister had assured them of solving their problems and that the enhancement of millers' security would also be reverted from `20 lakh to `5 lakh.
While kharif market season (KMS) 2013-14 was going to start in the state from October 1, the Haryana Rice Millers and Dealers' Association president Rajinder Aggarwal said yet there was no liaisoning between the state government and the rice millers association due to which farmers feared the adverse effects.
He held that the state government had in its policy for the KMS 2013-14 had hiked the security amount of rice millers from `5 lakh to `20 lakh and for each additional tonne `5 lakh.
Aggarwal said while a bonus of `52 crore, announced by the state government during KMS 2007-08, was paid to the farmers by the rice millers and the certificates too were furnished in the context, it was surprising that now the state government had issued the letters to the rice millers asking them to deposit the said amount for their registration for the KMS 2013-14, which was unjustified.
Highlighting the decreasing yield of rice due to hybrid varieties, he said that due to the arrival of hybrid varieties and increase in damage content, the yield had considerably dropped yet the state government was demanding 67% yield which was not possible.
The association vice-president and spokesperson Ashish Mehta said freight of crate and poly covers had been recovered from the millers in KMS 2012-13, which was again a serious trouble as they had been provided by the state government for the safety of their own paddy and not the millers' paddy.
The association office-holders complained that it was unjustified that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) technical analysts accepted traders' consignments after proper checking and verification but after some time their higher officials rejected the same because of which the rice millers had to suffer heavy losses.
They also bemoaned the rising electricity and diesel price which they held was also adversely affecting their trade.