BHUBANESWAR: A delegation of BJD MPs on Monday met Union Minister for Shopper Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal at New Delhi and demanded early evacuation of rice and launch of pending subsidy.The Union Minister assured that he’ll take it up with the Central authorities and make sure that Odisha’s simply calls for are fulfilled. The delegation apprised the Union Minister that Odisha’s personal consumption beneath the general public distribution system (PDS) and different welfare schemes come to round 24 lakh tonne of rice which is able to lead to an estimated surplus of round 30 lakh tonne.
The Meals Company of India (FCI) has until March 13, 2021 evacuated 6.65 lakh tonne of rice, the MPs mentioned and added that the motion plan has been diminished considerably for March, 2021. Stating that with this tempo, the excess rice can’t be evacuated by the beginning of subsequent kharif advertising and marketing season (KMS), the MPs mentioned this can tremendously hamper the following Rabi procurement.
The delegation maintained that the State’s storage capability will likely be overflowing and can’t accommodate the excess rice. Stating that one lakh tonne of rice will likely be misplaced on account of deterioration in high quality costing Rs 320 crore for the exchequer, the MPs maintained that if like final yr the FCI lifts solely 17 lakh tonne of rice, then 13 tonne will likely be left with the State. This will likely be a lack of round Rs 4,160 crore for the State, they added.
In addition to, Odisha State Civil Provides Company (OSCSC) which procures paddy has borrowed Rs 19,000 crore by the use of upfront funding. The excessive quantity of subsidy is especially on account of non-release of subsidy by the Centre, the MPs mentioned and added that OSCSC has pending subsidy claims of Rs 5,616 crore. They identified that each one sources together with the sanctioned restrict of financial institution funds have been exhausted by the OSCSC.