Allocate more time for paddy sourcing, Gangula to FCI

Posted: Posted Date – 8:53 PM, Sat – Apr 16, 22

Civil Supplies Minister G Kamalakar with CFI Director General Deepak Sharma in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Hyderabad: Considering the climatic conditions in Telangana and the welfare of the farming community, Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar has appealed to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) not to raise unreasonable objections in the current paddy procurement . The Minister met with FCI Director General Deepak Sharma on Saturday and briefed him on the arrangements in place for the supply of paddy from Yasangi.

To help the farmers, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had decided to bear the extra expenses resulting from the relatively high amount of broken rice in stocks this season, he said. “Considering the local climatic conditions, I request you not to raise unreasonable objections while purchasing custom milled rice and not to embarrass the farmers,” G Kamalakar told Deepak Sharma during the meeting.

The state government has already written to FCI that according to quality standards, raw rice will be provided. More importantly, the probability of stock shortages of rice from ancient Karimnagar and Warangal would be higher, he said, urging the CFI chief executive not to ask any questions in this regard. He also requested the CFI to approve the supply of 5.25 lakh metric tons relating to the last season of Yasangi in the form of fortified boiled rice. In addition to this, he wanted the FCI to arrange more rakes and storage facilities for the supply of custom milled rice regarding the last season of Vanakalam.

Telangana must be given more time for stock supply and it cannot be offered at the same time as it is extended to states, which are producing less output, the minister said. “The FCI’s decision to only extend another 30 days in Telangana needs to be reconsidered,” Kamalakar stressed. This season, paddy was grown on 35.80 lakh acres and a yield of 60 lakh metric tons was expected to arrive at the supply centers. There was a requirement of nearly 15 crore of jute sacks and a request was made to the Jute Corporation of India for this and the balance would come from the open market, he said.

To ensure smooth and transparent procurement, CFI Deputy Managing Director Kamalakar and Civil Supplies Corporation Managing Director Raji Reddy have been appointed as nodal officers, the minister said. Later, in a meeting with officials from the Department of Civil Supplies, the minister said that 34 supply centers had already been established across the state and more centers would be created based on demand. Strict vigilance must be applied to ensure that stocks from other states are not brought into supply hubs, he told vigilance officials. Sufficient tarpaulins to cover stocks in case of sudden rains, drinking water and other facilities should be laid out at supply centres, he said.

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