Hyderabad: In a major relief, Food Corporation of India (FCI) assured to take 33.44 lakh metric tonnes of raw rice available with rice millers in Telangana. They also assured to resolve delays in certification process of Custom Milled Rice (CMR) and expedite obtaining rice, besides resolving the problem of godown space shortage.
A team of FCI officials, comprising chief advisor SP Kar, general manager (operations) Hemanth Jain and Telangana general manager Ashwini Kumar, held a meeting with the Civil Supplies officials at Civil Supplies Bhavan on Friday. They were all praises for the paddy procurement system of the Telangana government, which took all measures as per the increase of annual yield.
Commissioner for Civil Supplies Akun Sabharwal requested FCI officials to resolve the issues being faced by the government from FCI pertaining to paddy procurement, Custom Milling Rice (CMR), storage space and other issues. The FCI officials assured to resolve them shortly.
The Civil Supplies department procured about 68 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this year and requires storage space for about 23 lakh metric tonnes of rice. The officials are finding it difficult to collect CMR as raw rice and boiled rice is piled up in FCI godowns.
Responding to a request from Sabharwal, the FCI officials took measures for transfer of rice to Kerala and Karnataka immediately. They also promised to resolve the problem of godown space shortage in Khammam, Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad, Jagitial, Sircilla, Kamareddy and Kothagudem districts.