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State govt set to bear loss as millers fail to deliver rice in time


 Even as paddy procurement is going on in full swing, the State Government is set to bear huge loss as large number of rice millers are not delivering rice within the stipulated time frame.

Officials familiar with the development said the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation (OSCSC) is facing tough time due to these millers and the PSU will have to bear the loss.

As the paddy collection vis-à-vis rice delivery is being closely monitored by the Department of Food supply and Consumer Welfare on a regular basis, it has come to notice that in several districts, rice millers have started defaulting in rice delivery, officials reveal.

“The millers have not delivered the requisite quantity of custom milled rice (CMR) to the government agencies against the paddy they received from the procuring agencies”, said a senior official.

While millers have lifted 12,54,259 quintals of paddy as on date, they are supposed to deliver 8,48,100 quintals of rice.

However, only over 30,900 quintals of rice has been received by the millers, which is barely 3.65 percent.

As a matter of fact Nabarangpur District is one of the worst performing districts as far as delivery of rice is concerned. Even as this district has engaged 22 millers in paddy procurement exercise, only one miller has delivered rice and others have defaulted. These millers lag far behind their individual targets and this is going to be serious issue, said officials.

Senior officials have expressed serious concern over millers defaulting brazenly. District authorities have been asked to review the situation and take the millers to task, said a senior official.

Similar situation is also there in Koraput district, officials admit. Sources said  as many as 14 rice millers in this district have lifted paddy but not delivering rice in time.

While the District Collector is regularly monitoring the situation, things are improving due to intervention of the field level officials with defaulting millers, pointed out an official.

Keeping this in view, attempts are being made to allow rice millers from other districts to go for paddy collection as there is huge capacity among the millers.

In Nuapada, 11 rice millers are engaged in lifting paddy. Due to continuous monitoring the millers are somehow delivering rice though not to the full extent, officials said.

As over 1400 millers in the State have much more capacity than the procurement target, there should not be any problem in procuring paddy and delivering rice in time, said officials.

It is alleged that as a large number of millers are allegedly engaged in mal practices, they are delaying delivery of rice in time, said sources familiar with the development.

OSCSC is facing heavy toll of interest payment due to default of the millers and if they continue to default then the State PSU will incur huge losses, apprehend officials.

EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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