Warangal (Telengana): CP orders to book rice millers for cheating farmers

In a bid to check irregularities at the paddy procurement centres and the rice mills, the police have girded up their loins to set right the system. This comes in as a huge relief to the farmers who have been mutely bearing the loot in the hands of some officials and rice millers when they sell their produce. With such complaints of cheating pouring in from the farmers, Commissioner of Police AV Ranganath made a surprise visit to IKP paddy procurement centre near Gudur village under Kamalapur mandal in Hanumakonda district on Wednesday.
The Commissioner who spoke to the farmers elicited information about their problems at the paddy procurement centre. It didn’t take much time for the Commissioner to understand the kind of loot taking place when the farmers turned to procurement centres and rice millers. According to the farmers, they have been facing a two-fold loss — one round of depreciation in the crop at procurement centres and later at the rice mills. It’s learnt that officials are reducing weight of the produce by two to four kilogrammes while rice millers are deducting around four kgs in the name of wastage for every 40 kg bag.
Based on the farmers’ complaint, the Commissioner along with Task Force and Special Branch Police inspected Saptagiri Rice Mill near Mucharla Nagaram Cross Road. Ranganath who checked the receipts and records of the rice mill found irregularities, causing a huge loss to the farmers. He instructed his subordinates to book a cheating case against the rice miller.
“We must protect farmers who feed us. The police will book cases against those who cheat the farmers,” Ranganath said. It’s learnt that the police boss had already directed the cops in the Warangal Commissionerate to keep an eye on procurement centres and rice mills to protect the interests of the farmers. Meanwhile, the Commissioner reportedly alerted the district administration especially the civil supplies and agricultural officials to prevent the irregularities in the paddy procurement centres and rice mills.
This article has been republished from The Hans India

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