Adulterated parboiled rice distributed in ration shops; changes colour after wash
Paravoor (Ernakulam): There are complaints that some ration shops in Paravoor taluk distributed adulterated parboiled rice (Puzhukkalari). The customers realized that the rice was adulterated when it changed colour while washing. The red rice turned into white rice after washing it.
There were already complaints that red rice supplied in various ration shops under the Taluk Supply Office are abnormally deep red in colour. A woman who bought the rice from a ration shop in Manjali complained about the adulterated rice. Political party leaders too filed a complaint demanding withdrawal of the rice from shops.
The rice when taken from the FCI godown will be examined by quality controller and the SupplyCo officials, who are in-charge of the depot. If they have complaints, the rice can be replaced as per government instruction. But the adulterated rice have passed all these checking.
The high quality paddy which the government procured from the farmers are given to the mills in Kalady and the parboiled rice supplied from there. According to the contract, 64.5 kilograms of rice should be returned for 100 kilogrmas of rice. Rs 214 is fixed as the price for milling 1 quintal of paddy.
However, some mill owners secretly sell the good quality rice for higher price and supply low quality rice from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. They mix it with red oxide when supplying to the ration shops. The health experts point out that rice mixed with red oxide causes serious health hazards.
With COVID pandemic outbreak, almost all ration cardholders are purchasing their ration share without fail for the past few months. According to documents, over 95 percent of ration supply was distributed in the ration shops in Paravoor and nearby places. People demand that the authorities should take action to stop supply of adulterated rice.