Warning to millers on defaulting supplies
- Anand convenes meeting to discuss CMR issue
Hyderabad: Civil Supplies Commissioner CV Anand has called a meeting on Thursday with the managers of the corporation and defaulters of Custom Milled Rice (CMR).
Stating that 21 rice millers of Warangal, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahboobnagar and Adilabad are yet to deliver 6000 MT of CMR worth Rs 17 crores against 2015-16, the commissioner directed the millers to deliver arrears of CMR against the crop year 2015-16 immediately failing which PD cases will be filed. The commissioner also stated that at the request of State Government, the Centre has already extended time for delivering of CMR twice and the deadline was over by December 30.
Anand also stated that out of CMR dues of Rs 482 crores, the corporation has already realized Rs 465 crores (99%) and instructions were issued to the officials to realize the balance amount of Rs 17 crores. He also warned that dues from the millers will be recovered without sparing anybody and if any miller failed to co-operate with the government, stringent action will be initiated for recovery under RR Act and file PD cases as per law. He asked the managers of the corporation to act firmly. He hoped that 100% CMR will be collected from this year onwards without any arrears.
The Commissioner explained that the State Government and Civil Supplies Department pay farmers upfront in the form of Rs 1,510 per quintal on MSP. “This paddy will be handed over to the millers to be converted into rice for use in the PDS programme. The expenditure in thousands of crores towards payment to farmers was being met from the cash credit of SBI and other banks and is reimbursed quarterly by the Government of India”, he added.
Meanwhile, the millers mill the paddy and use the rice for other purposes – some export it and some re-divert it for PDS purposes. A break has been put on this trend, Anand said and expressed satisfaction over delivery of CMR to the extent of 60% in the present Kharif season. -NSS