New Delhi. Dec 3: BJD Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Sasmit Patra raised the rice procurement issue in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Presenting the issue on the floor, Patra said, Food Corporation of India (FCI) is not lifting surplus parboiled rice from Odisha which is the sole duty of the Centre.
During the Question hour in Rajya Sabha today, Dr. Patra asked Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal to ask FCI to lift surplus parboiled rice from Odisha otherwise the farmers of Odisha would be greatly affected.
Dr. Patra further cited that earlier the Union Minister Goyal had agreed to help when the BJD delegation had met him. But the FCI is again deciding not to lift surplus parboiled rice from Odisha that would greatly affect Odisha economy and the farmers of the state.