Distributive policy

Transparent rice milling policy to be put in place: Lal Chand Kataruchak

CHANDIGAR: In a bid to ensure a transparent rice milling policy, representatives of the Punjab Rice Miller Association today called on the Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak, here at her office.

Apart from putting forth their demand for a corruption-free policy, the representatives led by the President of Punjab and the All India Rice Miller Association Tarsem Saini also pleaded for stopping the theft of paddy, which is stored in rice mills for custom milling, as this results in a huge loss to the public treasury.

Representatives of the association also demanded that the distribution of paddy among the millers be fair and equitable, in addition to the representation of the rice industry in the district allocation committees.

The minister assured the representatives of any cooperation to the rice sector and said that a sound policy that meets the interests of the rice farmers will be put in place. “Transparency would be the hallmark of my work,” the minister said, adding that the rice farmers’ interests are now in good hands.

The delegation also congratulated Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak on taking office as Minister.

Others present at the occasion included Rajesh Tini from the Rajpura Rice Miller Association, in addition to representatives from Patiala, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Ropar, Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdaspur.