Punjab rice millers have failed to deliver 3.20 lakh tonne of rice worth Rs 700 crore for the crop season 2012-13 to the central kitty even as state government has asked for another extension in the delivery of crop.
"There is still 3.2 lakh tonnes of rice which will be worth about Rs 700 crore pending with Punjab rice millers which they have not delivered for crops season 2012-13," an official of FCI informed.
Punjab rice millers were supposed to deliver 85.69 lakh tonnes custom milled rice by June 30 to the Central pool for 2012-13 paddy season. On the request of Punjab government, then the period was extended till July 31. Then another extension was granted till September 30.
"But despite these extensions, some rice is still undelivered," the official said.
Now, the Punjab government has demanded that rice delivery period should be extended till October 31.
"State government has again sought an extension for one month but no intimation has been received from the Centre so far in this regard," the official said.
Rice millers had also made a default in delivering 1.95 lakh tonnes of rice worth Rs 400-450 crore for 2011-12 period. "It is up to the state government to take action against erring rice millers," he said.
Rice millers had attributed the non-delivery of balance rice to the shortage of labour and space crunch for storing the crop.
The Punjab government had, earlier, asked defaulting rice millers to deliver rice within stipulated time period and if they failed to deliver their quota of rice to the central kitty, then state government would be charging whopping Rs 2,600 per quintal from defaulting rice miller.