Naveen Patnaik writes to PM on challenge of rice procurement

As the deadlock continues over procurement of surplus parboiled rice from Odisha by the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking for his intervention within the matter.

Stating that non-lifting of surplus parboiled rice from Odisha because of the Department of Food and Public Distribution restrictions may severely have an effect on the state’s paddy procurement operations and have an effect on over 10 lakh farmers within the state, Patnaik wrote: “… Your kind personal intervention is requested for issuing a direction to DFPD to accept the estimated surplus parboiled rice from the State for the next KMS (Kharif marketing season) 2021-22. Further, reasonable time may also be given to the State to align itself with the requirements of DFPD.”

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