FCI rapped for 'wrong'procurement policies
Tarsem Saini, president, Punjab Rice Millers Association, has flayed the alleged wrong rice procurement policies of Food Corporation of India (FCI). He was speaking during the general house meeting of the Punjab rice millers during the second day of the three-day Rice Pro Tech Expo, here on Saturday.Updated: Jun 08, 2013, 22:47 IST
Tarsem Saini, president, Punjab Rice Millers Association, has flayed the alleged wrong rice procurement policies of Food Corporation of India (FCI).
He was speaking during the general house meeting of the Punjab rice millers during the second day of the three-day Rice Pro Tech Expo, here on Saturday.
Saini, also the president of Federation of All India Rice Millers, said even as Punjab rice industry was capable of processing the whole produce of the state within three months, the milling was extended till June due to lack of space with the FCI.
Further rice millers were being blamed for quality issues in custom-milled rice even after submitting it to the FCI's warehouses and obtaining required official approval through A-notes and weight check memo.
He said rice millers would not be responsible for any quality issue in custom milling rice after submitting the acceptance papers to the procurement agencies concerned.
“If there are quality issues, we demand the long-pending implementation of notification issued by central government in 1999-2000 regarding setting up of a rice-testing appealing lab,” Saini said.
“Any quality issue in the custom milled rice should be sorted out in that lab, which should have members from the FCI technical committee besides representatives of state government and our rice millers association,” he pointed out.
He stated that the rice millers were incurring heavy cost due to replacement of the custom milled stock by field staff of the FCI, adding that a permanent solution to this problem was the need of the hour.
Several others issues were stressed upon in the meeting attended by office-bearers of the association from almost all districts.
Prem Goyal, general secretary of the association, asked the state government to release the custom milling security of rice millers pending since 2003-04
“The Punjab government should clear all pending security amount, roughly Rs 50 crore annually, and other funds before the beginning of the new season,” he said.
They also demanded for timely arrangement for additional storage space for this year's custom milled rice, and that date for acceptance of custom milled rice of season 2012-13 be extended up to August 30.
Saini also stressed upon strengthening the local units of the association, and said he would visit all district centres after July 15 to motivate the millers to unite the association to confront wrong policies of the FCI.
Paddy produced by the farmers out of the sowing of the unauthorised seeds should not purchase during the procurement, said rice millers in the meeting.
Meanwhile, over 1,000 rice millers visited the expo where more than 100 companies are displaying their latest machinery.