FCI Area Manager asking bribe

Rice millers of Sambalpur, Bargarh and Jharsuguda districts have stopped supplying rice to Food Corporation of India (FCI) Godowns. Usually, millers milling the paddy supplied by Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation(OSCSC), and supply those paddy to OSCSC and FCI respectivly.

Since 23rd August, millers have stopped supplying to FCI as the Area Manager of FCI asking Bribe to receive rice from them. For this reason a delegation of rice millers with Shyamlal Agrawal, the president of State Rice Millers Association had apprised the State Government about the issue in a meeting at Bhubaneswar on 24th August.

The association members alleged about corrupt practices adopted by FCI for receiving rice. Non-delivery of rice is likely to have an adverse effect in the system which will have direct bearing on farmers. Meanwhile, a team of officials of Central Government, State Government, FCI and Food and Civil Supplies Corporation toured the districts on Monday. Managing Director of OSCSC Suresh Vashisth said while the Rice Millers Association has assured to resume delivery of rice from Tuesday, the allegation is investigated. He said all efforts are being made to restore normalcy.

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