Rice Millers: Govt to cancel licences for failure to supply Boro
The government is going to cancel licences of the millers who violated contracts by failing to supply Boro rice to it during this current season.
The food ministry has already given a directive to the Directorate General of Food in this regard.
It has also asked to revoke licences of the millers who could supply the rice to the government but avoided signing the contracts during the Boro procurement season.
Electricity connections to such mills will be disconnected, read the directive, issued on October 24.
The Directorate General of Food has been asked to cancel licences and forfeit security deposits of the millers, who had agreement with the government, but failed to supply rice.
Those who supplied 80 percent or more rice will get back their security deposits under special consideration, according to the directives.
Millers, who supplied rice less than 80 percent of the contract quantity, will face confiscation of their security deposits. The security deposits will be confiscated in proportion to the supply.
"The ministry has decided it as they [millers] did not comply with the government's decision," said Raihanul Kabir, director (procurement) of the Directorate General of Food.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics says about 198 lakh tonnes of Boro paddy were harvested in 2020-21 fiscal year. It was 196 lakh tonnes in 2019-20 in fiscal year.
According to the food ministry data, around 3.62 lakh tonnes of Boro paddy were procured till August this year. Besides, about 10.60 lakh tonnes of Boro parboiled rice and 85,503 tonnes of Boro atap rice were procured during the period.
The ministry initially targeted to procure 6.5 lakh tonnes of Boro paddy and 10 lakh tonnes of Boro rice and inked deals with the millers to this end in May this year.
Kabir said rice procurement drive of the government was hampered due to the millers' non-compliance.
He, however, could not confirm immediately how many millers have failed to comply with the ministry's decision.
In reply to a query, he said they, with the help of local administration, would take steps to revoke licences of the millers and cut off power connections to their mills.