Thomas assures AP of more godowns for paddy

HYDERABAD: The Centre has assured the state of a decision soon on construction of 8.17 lakh tonne godown space,  increase in the commission payable to IKP groups on paddy procurement 

Published: 13th April 2012 02:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:29 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The Centre has assured the state of a decision soon on construction of 8.17 lakh tonne godown space,  increase in the commission payable to IKP groups on paddy procurement  and enhancement of custom milling charges by the Food Corporation.

This  assurance was given by Union minister of state for consumer affairs KV Thomas at a meet he held with chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Thursday. Reddy sought synchronisation of  labour component of cultivation with MGNREGS,  an increase in  paddy support price and declaration of bonus for paddy.

They also discussed godown space, procurement and export of rice and supply of adequate number of railway rakes. Reddy informed Thomas that 25 lakh tonne of additional godown space was being created 12 to 15 months and suggested that  FCI may be permitted to hire private godowns to help farmers in view of urgent need for godowns.

He sought construction of godown space for 8.17 lakh tonne, to which Thomas said the Centre would consider the request. Reddy said Railways has been requested to make available 240 rakes per month for movement of rice by FCI. He also urged  Centre to see that hamilis strike in Kerala and TN ended.

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