A meeting of executive body of Punjab Rice Millers' Association was held under the chairmanship of Tarsem Saini. Nakesh Jindal, press secretary, Inderjit Singh Sandhu (Fatehgarh Sahib); Gurdeep Singh Cheema (Patiala) ; Sanjeev Goyal (Patiala) ; Prem Dirba (Sangrur) ; Raj Kumar (Mansa); Parshotam Garg (Bhathinda) ; Hari Om (Ludhiana); Raj Kumar (Jalandhar) ; Jai Pal (Kapurthala) ; Vinod Kumar (Amritsar); Jagjit Singh Jora (Sunam) ; Joginder Pal Viz (Phagwara) ; Jarnail Singh (Gurdaspur); Ganesh Chopra (Nawanshahar) participated in the meeting.
After the meeting Nakesh Jindal, press secretary of the Assocation said that 4with the favour of Punjab government, the association pray to almighty let the ongoing problems being faced by Rice Millers' Association may be resolved. He said FCI. has declared 271 Rice Mills as defaulters which is absolutely in discriminatory. He said Punjab and Haryana High Court has clearly given in its verdict that Mill premises cannot be prevented from its functioning, so these rice mills may be allowed to function as such and also be allowed to mill government customed paddy during 2010-11. He said paddy PAU 201 which was stored forcibly in our mill premises by the procurement agencies during 2009-10 after milling. It was found that it did not give resultant rice F.A.Q. (fair average quality). This included damage up to 8 per cent discolour upto 7 per cent and excess broken. Due to this, resultant rice was to acceptable to F.C.I. This caused loss to Rice Millers to the tune of crores. The matter may kindly be settled at the earliest by the Govt. He said surplus gunnies (Bardana) after milling during 2009-10 are lying with
the Rice Millers. It may be allowed the purchase of customed milled Paddy during 20 10-1 1 as per past precedent to avoid any further loss. Similarly same pattern for the use of surplus bardana may be adopted for the crop year 2010-11. Specifications for delivery of milled rice for the year 2010-11 are not acceptable to us, which are damage 3 per cent, discoloured 3 per cent , broken 25 per cent. These specifications may be revised accordingly after the procurement of Paddy during the new crop 2010-11.He said there is no space with F.C.I. to accept the Rice for 2010-11.Approximately 80 Lac M.T. Rice is to be delivered to F.C.I. in state of Punjab while 19 Lac M.T. for 2009-10 is pending to be delivered for want of space. Movement of 3 Lac M.T. Rice is only provided by F.C.I. per month. Thus only 18 Lac M.T. Rice is likely to be moved by 31-3-2011. This way no rice can be delivered upto 31-3-2011 pertaining to crop 2010-11.
If the F.C.I./ TA /Asst. Manager rejects the rice stocks of Mills, we have no option other than F.C.I. lab to get it tested. It is requisite to have some other authorized labs which may give authenticated reports. So some labs by the Govt. may be started functioning for quality results which are acceptable to us. Non-Rail head Stations should be equally operated by the F.C.I. authorities as the Rice Millers are sufferers due to this. Transportation of Rice beyond 8 KM should be paid on F.C.I. contract rate instead of slab rate.
Jindal said in the end, TarsemSaini appreciated the co-operation provided by. Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister Punjab and the Punjab Govt. Saini also appreciated Neel Kanth Ahiawat, GM F.C.I. for his honest policy to help the Millers.
Contributed by: Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Date: September 26, 2010