The Government of Telangana has decided to make a committee to look into the problems of the state rice miller so that they can grow as an industry.
The decision was taken by the Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Etela Rajender at an orientation meeting for the rice millers held here on Sunday where 600 rice millers from the whole Telangana participated.
The commite has decided to reduce the tax from 75% to 25 % which the cent re government has imposed on paddy rice production.
He informed the millers about the Centre’s insistence on payment of paddy price to farmers through cheques and reminded them about delivering the custom milled rice to the government before September 30 without any delay in the delievery date.
Also he said that in any circumstances the farmers should not get lesser than support price to paddy , he noted that rice milling industry is an instrument in ensuring it.
Demands put forward to center government by President of Telangana State Rice Millers Association G. Nagendra
President of Telangana State Rice Millers Association G. Nagendra said they had placed 14 demands before the government including
- payment of transport charges for the custom milled rice and levy rice,
- VAT reduction on sale of preferred varieties of rice from 5 p.c. to 1 p.c.
- removal of 1 p.c VAT on rice husk
- Deduction of VAT at source by FCI and Civil Supplies Corporation for remittance to the Commercial Taxes Department.
- exemption of boiled rice industry from the pollution control law
- increase of power consumption limit from 100 HP to 150 HP
- exemption of 1 p.c. market cess on sale of rice within the State and
- sale of levy-free rice without any permits.
Commissioner of Civil Supplies C. Parthasarathi mentioned that permits were issued simultaneously on delivery of levy in the past and millers had arranged sale of superfine varieties of rice at Rs.30 per kg in Rythu Bazaars and other designated centres.