Minister for Food G R Anil | Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to nullify the order which pronounced rice mill owners are not responsible for the quality of rice.GR Anil, minister of food and civil supplies for the state has informed that the order issued on December 3 will be revoked and directions were given for the same.
As per the rule in force, the mills are supposed to ensure the quality of rice procured for Supplyco for three months. In a meeting convened by the minister with mill owners on August 27, they raised an opinion that once the quality of rice is being checked by authorities and entities of the mill, then there is no need for another inspection. Considering this, a new order was issued by declaring that the mills are not bound to ensure the quality of rice.
Meanwhile, statements of the officials confirmed that the decision was taken in the presence of the food minister.
The minister proposed to correct the order by making mill owners responsible for the quality of rice after confirming that the present order will encourage the mill owners to engage in malpractices.
As per the contract, if the government provides 1 kg of paddy to a mill, then they are supposed to give 64 grams of rice in return. While the ratio is up to 1 kg:680 grams in some states. This offers an edge to mill owners in Kerala.