Patiala: Rice millers resents Food Corporation of India decisions

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 18, 2015 20:36 IST

The Federation of All India Rice Millers Association has taken strong exceptions to the disparities in implementing their (FCI's) own decisions, particularly with regard to the acceptance of rice from the millers at the FCI's depots on the basis of 100% weighment on weigh-bridges.

Association president, Tarsem Saini, said that FCI through their instructions of year 2005, decided that rice consignments are to be accepted from rice millers on 100% weighment on weigh-bridges.

However for the purpose of checking, whether the consignment was standard or not, bags not more than 10% of the consignments were to be checked.

Association's President further disclosed that Field Staff of the Food Corporation of India did not implement the above decision in totality & rather in the most of the states weight check memos were being issued on 10% weighment basis to exploit the millers, although higher weight emerged at the weigh-bridges at the time of 100% weighment.

He said that on Feb 2015, a deputation of the Association met the Chairman-Cum-Managing Director of FCI at New Delhi with our long pending demands, so as to eliminate malpractices in the Field & the main threshold was given to implement the decision of FCI Headquarters, New Delhi of year 2005.

"Instead of resolving issue, the FCI's Headquarter, through a communication of May 14, 2015 reversed their own decision of year 2005 and decided that weight check memos of rice acceptance are to be issued to the millers on 10% weighment basis instead of100% weighment conducted at the weigh-bridge. This will promote corruption," said Saini.

"Not to speak of above, the FCI has also not finalised the milling charges bills for the past 15 years as a result of which crores of rupees of the millers are lying with the FCI," he added

He said that due to large scale resentement against FCI, a meeting of rice millers of the entire state has been called in Bathinda to take stock of the situation so as to lodge the protest with Government.

Association president has also appealed to the Punjab government to take up the above issues with the Centre on priority, apart from setting up of computerised labs, otherwise the millers shall have to re-think for the milling of paddy crop this Kharif season.

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