Bhubaneswar, January 21: A delegation of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs both from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Thursday met the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal through video conferencing over parboiled rice procurement and pending subsidy issues.
Led by BJD Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha, Pinaki Misra, the delegation discussed with the Union Minister about the pending subsidy claims of Rs 6,039 crore payable to Odisha from the Government of India.
Goyal assured that the pending subsidy claims would be transferred at the earliest and advised his senior officers present in the meeting to take early steps in this regard.
The MPs further apprised Minister about the recent letter by the FCI limiting the delivery of parboiled rice from Odisha and stopping it entirely for the Rabi season.
The delegation placed facts as to how about 30 Lakh Metric Tons of rice worth about Rs 7,350 crore would be saddled on Odisha if the rice is not evacuated by FCI.
The Minister assured that there would not be any immediate stoppage of procurement of rice from Odisha despite the FCI letter that was sent to Odisha Government in early January. For the Rabi season, there would be a consultation meeting in mid-February, 2020 between the FCI and the Odisha Government officials to work out solutions to ameliorate this situation.
The delegation comprised of Pinaki Misra, Chandrasekhar Sahu, N. Bhaskar Rao, Sarmistha Sethi, Anubhav Mohanty and Dr. Sasmit Patra.