Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 14
The “unusually excessive” paddy procured in October final yr is posing an issue for the federal government procurement businesses now. The shelled rice being delivered to the FCI is taking over the storage space, leaving little space for the wheat being procured now.
Even as an inquiry by a central company into the paddy buy made out of Punjab within the kharif advertising season (KMS) 2020-21, which was past the estimated manufacturing, is underway, the extra 28 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of rice delivered to the central meals company is a trigger for concern. As towards a mean 108 LMT of rice that the state delivers to FCI, the rice being delivered this yr is predicted to be 136 LMT.
In October final yr, 202.78 LMT of paddy was procured from the state as towards 163.82 LMT bought in 2019-20. The crop-cutting experiments pointed to a lot decrease figures of paddy manufacturing within the state, giving rise to suspicion that cheaper paddy was purchased by unscrupulous sellers from Bihar and UP to promote it at MSP of Rs 1,888 per quintal.
FCI sources stated the extra rice (28 LMT) was taking over the storage space. Prem Goel, a Sunam-based miller, stated millers have been on the receiving finish because the FCI was not taking supply.
A senior FCI official stated of 175 LMT of coated space, solely 35 LMT is obtainable for wheat. Of 112 LMT of CAP storage, 65 LMT is vacant.
Punjab is making ready to acquire 130 LMT of wheat, of which 120 LMT will likely be given for the central pool to FCI after the state retains over 9 LMT for its public distribution. Thus, there’s a scarcity of space for the present yr’s wheat inventory.
Officials in FCI and state Food and Supply division stated in an effort to create space for the brand new inventory, they’re working with the Government of India to quick observe the motion of foodgrain.