The Punjab Rice Millers Association has threatened to boycott milling operations due to ‘harassment’ over weighing of rice being supplied to some government agencies under the supervision of agency officials.
Members of the association, on Friday, claimed that the FCI had already issued directions to weigh all the rice on the bridge-scale, instead of checking only 10% bags manually.
After the opposition of rice millers, the agencies concerned suspended the work of weighing and went on an indefinite strike.
Tarsem Saini, president of the union, said that the decision of the Punjab State Warehousing Corporation (PSWC) and the Origo, hired under the peg scheme, for the preservation of rice at the Food Corporation of India stores/hired complexes has increased the burden of rice-millers to weigh as every bag is to be weighed in front of the personnel of the agencies.
He said, “If the stalemate continues, it would not be possible to accomplish the task of milling within the stipulated period as the paddy arrival is 25 to 30% more than the last year’s arrival. And, the state government will be responsible for the situation.”
He added, “The staff of the agencies were creating obstacles for smooth conduct of milling operations with the motive of harassing the millers.”
He appealed the state government to resolve the matter immediately so that milling is not delayed.