Bhopal, Jan. 6: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked the Central government to extend milling period for paddy procured during Kharif marketing year 2013-14 up to March 31, 2015.
The Chief Minister, in a letter to Union Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, has said that rice received after milling of paddy procured in 2013-14 and 2014-15 will meet requirements of public distribution system and other schemes in the state till 2016.
The Chief Minister has ifnormed the Centre that that production of paddy in Madhya Pradesh has increased from 14 lakh MT in 2009-10 to 43 lakh MT in 2013-14. As a result of limited milling capacity of state’s 337 rice millers, procured paddy in the state is not being milled within the time-limit prescribed by the Central government.
The Chief Minister has further informed that 15.59 lakh MT paddy was procured in the state in year 2013-14. Due to limited milling capacity, only 9.44 lakh MT has been milled so far and 6.08 lakh MT remains to be milled. Permission was sought from the Central government to extend the deadline for paddy milling from December 31, 2014 to March 31, 2015, which the Centre declined.
The Chief Minister informed that only 1.94 lakh MT rice is available in the state for distribution under schemes of public distribution system. As much as 12.10 lakh MT rice will be needed by March 2016.