Excess rice stock: Orissa writes to Centre
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Faced with an excess of rice stock due to record production and procurement, Orissa is now knocking at the door of Union Consumer Affairs and Food Ministry to move out custom milled rice (CMR) from its godowns.
In a letter to Union Food and Public Distribution Minister K V Thomas, State Minister for Consumer Affairs Pratap Keshari Deb said most of the available storage space of Orissa is choked with rice.
"Even Food Corporation of India's (FCI's) depots in surplus districts are full with little scope to receive CMR. ...around 10 lakh tonne of CMR is yet to be received from the millers... unless the FCI evacuates surplus rice 1.5 lakh tonne every month for next three months, we will be in a precarious situation in the kharif season," Deb wrote.
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