TN Govt urges Centre to allot rice for festival season

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Chennai, Oct 9 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government today approached the Centre seeking allotment of 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of raw rice or five lakh metric tonnes of paddy to meet the requirements in view of the ensuing festival season.

As advised by Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Food Minister E V Velu, accompanied by Union Minister A Raja met Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at New Delhi and pressed for payment of an incentive bonus of Rs 50 per quintal over and above the minimum support price fixed by the Centre for the 2007-08 Kharif marketing season.

They also urged the Centre to allot movement of 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of raw rice per month to the State to meet the festival season requirements or allot at least five lakh Mts of paddy from Chattisgarh to meet the shortage of raw rice.

They also urged Mr Pawar to allot 10,000 metric tonnes of wheat under the open market rate to the State for conversion into Rava Maida and Atta and for continuing market intervention to control open market prices.

Mr Pawar has assured that he will consider the request, an official release here said.

UNI

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