A large quantity of paddy and rice purchased from farmers at low prices was seized in a raid conducted by the district administration at Kunkuni paddy mill in Dalbari of Morigaon district on Tuesday. The team led by Additional District Commissioner Pranjal Barua, seized 2,828 quintals of paddy and 1,191 quintals of rice from the paddy mill. The raid was conducted after allegations that various paddy mills in the district were buying paddy from farmers at below the minimum support price fixed by the government. The rice mill was buying paddy from farmers at source and selling it at higher prices against the minimum support price of Rs 2,183 fixed by the government.
The mill also violated government guidelines on several occasions. Every 15 days, such paddy mills are required to inform the supply department of the source of paddy and rice in stock and details of purchases, sales, etc., but the mill did not comply with the government’s rules. The rice mill has been accused of irregularities on several occasions. The operation was conducted on Tuesday. Two trucks loaded with rice were also seized from the premises of the rice mill. The team was led by District Agriculture Officer Ashok Sharma and Additional Director in charge of Supply Department Matinur Rahman.
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