Subsidised rice to be available in Onam market after CM’s intervention
Kozhikode: Consumerfed Chairman M. Mehboob has informed that the supply of subsidised rice in Onam markets will be continued as usual. He added that two of the agencies that took up tender for providing subsidised Andhra Jaya rice have started supply after the chief minister intervened in the issue.
Among the three agencies, Vighneswara and Hafsar agencies have begun bringing rice. The other agency Kerala Traders violated the contract and refused to supply rice. Action will be taken against them, if they fail to supply rice within the allowed time limit, he said.
In case the agency is not willing to supply rice, the Consumerfed will try to bring rice directly from the mills in Andhra. Even if the price is a little high, rice will be brought here through this move. The losses will be levied from the agency and they will be blacklisted, Mehboob said.
Consumerfed had accepted the tender of Kerala Traders through e-tender and not through the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX). So, no bank guarantee or surety was accepted from this agency which in turn makes it difficult to levy penalty from them for the violation of contract.
Only Vighneswara agency took up the tender through NCDEX. They have not told Consumerfed that they cannot supply rice. They informed that the rice mills in Andhra are giving to priority to supply rice to their state which is why there is difficulty to supply rice to Kerala.