Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

Former union minister Harsimrat Badal on Friday urged Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal to resolve the grievances of rice millers of Punjab who’re protesting towards abstract motion towards them by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) on the earliest.

In a letter to the minister, Harsimrat Badal stated penal motion towards millers on account of high quality points in mixing of micronutrients in rice to provide fortified rice kernels (FRK) was unjustified.

She stated FRK is being procured by millers from designated items. “Onus for quality of FRK should not rest with the millers as they were only blending the micronutrients mechanically.”

The Bathinda MP stated over 1, 000 numerous FRK had been rejected by the FCI. “Millers have been asked to pay a penalty of Rs 62 lakh without checking their quality of the milling. Instead of going after the millers, the FCI should take action against the FCI licensed mills that have been producing the fortifying material used to coat the rice kernels with micronutrients.”

Harsimrat Badal stated with millers happening strike, it was impacting the procurement course of. “Grain markets in Punjab have been clogged with lifting not taking place. Farmers are also being harassed due to the shutdown in procurement.”

She stated latest inclement climate had added to the woes of farmers whereas asserting that arhtiyas had additionally been adversely affected by the strike.

She additionally urged that compensation for drying rice had already been lowered from two to at least one per cent and now additional to .5 per cent. “This along with the reduction in compensation for depreciation of jute bags from Rs 7.32 per bag to Rs 3.75 per bag has also affected millers adversely, ” she added.

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