In a meeting between Punjab Food and Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi, a decision in favour of the farmers have been taken in which the union government directed the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to accept rice for the Central pool with moisture level up to 15 per cent, but only after a value cut. The decision is applicable to the states like Haryana or other whosoever is supplying rice to the central pool. About a week ago, the government has set a new guidelines for the rice miller in Odisha to fix the moisture content  in the rice. The revised acceptance of the moisture content in paddy has decreased by 1% from 15%-14%.On these Punjab rice farmers were staged on an indefinite strike and decided not to keep the paddy in their mill premises. On this the farmers of Kairon, a small village in Amritsar has approached to the centre government and get the order amended. The Karion farmers said the centre government that it is not possible to supply rice to the central pool with moisture less than the 15% especially from October to February Paswan, who accepted Kairon’s plea, directed the authorities concerned to issue the amended notification. Also he allowed a gunny to be filled with 37.5 kg paddy instead of 40 kg paddy reason being that the gunny bags are not be able to hold 40 kg .But until Joint Secretary-level official inspect the filling of bags and submit a report to the centre till then bags have top be filled with 40 Kg only The Centre has also allowed the appeal against the rejection of rice offered for the Central pool by rice millers after 15 days of rejection. The appeal would be liable in a Central Government’s laboratory in Delhi. Earlier, there was no provision for such an appeal against the rice rejected by the FCI lab. Before final acceptance for the Central pool, the quality of rice, including breakage of grains, their discoloration and moisture level, is tested at FCI labs.

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