Centre restores rice procurement operations in Telangana

Government of India has now restored the delivery of rice under Central Pool

The Centre has decided to restore rice procurement operations in Central pool (by Food Corporation of India-FCI & by State under Decentralised Procurement- DCP) in Telangana, informed Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Commerce and Industry and Textiles.

Goyal criticized the Telangana government stating that the state government did not distribute ration to the poor in the month of April and May under Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) despite repeated reminders from the Centre. 

“The Government of Telangana has already lifted considerable quantity (1.90 LMT) from DCP stocks against April and May, 2022 months, but the same has not been distributed thus depriving benefits to the beneficiaries of the Central Scheme,” the Minister added.

He also shared the observations made by the Central Team during Physical Verification (PV) of Paddy. He said that on 31.03.2022, a list of defaulter millers where shortages had been noticed was communicated to the Telangana State Government to take immediate strict action as 4,53,896 bags were found short in 40 mills. Again on 21.05.2022, other observations were communicated to the State: shortages of total 1,37,872 bags noticed in 63 mills i.e. 12 mills of KMS 2020-21 (Rabi) and 51 mills of Kharif market season (KMS) 2021-22 (Kharif) and in 593 mills i.e. 101 mills of KMS 2020-21(Rabi) and 492 mills of KMS 2021-22 (Kharif), the paddy was not stored in countable position due to which the PV of paddy stocks could not be completed.

Due to inaction on the part of State Government, it was decided to stop the delivery of rice in Central Pool with effect from 7th of June in Telangana till the initiation of any concrete action by the State Government.

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