The Karnataka State Rice Millers’ Association (KSRMA) has said that it will stay away from the from the custom rice milling tender process and will seek legal help if the government did not clear its pending dues. The KSRMA has accused the food and civil supplies department for not paying their dues of 44 crore which the government alleged it.
KSRMA’s executive president N R Vishwaradhya accused the department that they are threatening the rice millers who are seeking their dues and has said that for the past eight months the department is making one excuse over another to clear their dues.
In a meeting the association has said that they will take a resolution of not taking part in the custom milling tenders until the government will pay their dues.
In this regard the association has submitted a memorandum to Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Dinesh Gundu Rao,
Custom milling means the milling of paddy not belonging to the miller, into rice in his rice mill on payment of milling charges in cash or in kind.
Over 1,400 rice mill owners in the State have decided not to cooperate with the government in pooling custom milling rice (levy rice) for 2014–15 until their dues are cleared for 2013–14. Of the total 620 million which the rice millers has to get from the government only 180 million have been cleared by the department and rest 440 million is still due.