Security deposits of the rice mill owners, who did not supply rice to the government depots violating written agreement, will be confiscated.
The Food Department on Monday sent a letter to the regional food regulators directing the confiscation of the deposits.So far, the government has procured 83,202 tonnes of Aman rice, which is only 9.61 percent of its target to buy some 8 lakh tonnes of the staple during the last season.
The Food Planning and Monitoring Committee (FPMC) had set a target to procure a total of 6 lakh tonnes of boiled rice, 50,000 tonnes of non-boiled rice and 2 lakh tonnes of paddy during the Aman season.
However, the Directorate General of Food has procured 70,136 tonnes of boiled rice, 4,863 tonnes of non-boiled rice and 12,342 tonnes of paddy during the procurement period from November 7 last to March 18 this year, according to the Ministry
The regional food regulators have been directed to instruct the district food regulators to take necessary steps for confiscating the collateral money of the defaulted mills as per the contract executed under internal procurement.