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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Rs 38-cr paddy missing from mills

Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 24

The physical verification of rice mills in Haryana has detected a shortfall of 18,883.90 MT paddy worth around Rs 38 crore, drawing attention once again to ghost purchase in the state.

As many as 208 rice mills in the state delivered less than 90 per cent custom milled rice (CMR). This week, physical verification was completed in these mills, and 98 mills were found to have paddy shortfall.

Ghost purchase

  • State agencies procure more paddy than what is produced by farmers
  • It is purchased only on paper in connivance with millers, arhtiyas and govt agencies.
  • Millers cover shortfall of custom milled rice by taking PDS rice from other states

In Kurukshetra, 11,960 MT paddy was found short in 39 mills, while the shortfall was 4,046 MT in 47 Karnal mills and 2,863 MT in seven Kaithal mills. In three mills of Ambala, 8.65 MT paddy was found short, while it was 6.25 MT in two mills of Yamunanagar.

Earlier, close to 42,589 MT was found short during physical verification in December-January and a penalty of Rs 80-85 crore was collected from rice millers.

from The Tribune

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