Patna: Bihar Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak on Monday expressed displeasure at the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for non-procurement of rice from Bihar as per the Custom Milled Rice (CMR).

The FCI has failed to meet its target for rice procurement from Bihar as per the CMR that has unnecessarily blocked huge revenue of the state that could have been channelised for paddy procurement during 2012-13 kharif season, he said at a review meeting.

The millers in Bihar have a stockpile of 1.54 lakh metric tonne rice which the FCI was required to procure as the foodgrain met the CMR requirement, Rajak said adding that he will take up the matter with the central government.

The minister directed the food and consumer protection officials to ensure that the FCI did lift rice from the mills and release payment at the earliest.

Rajak also expressed satisfaction at the paddy procurement at 4.25 lakh metric tonnes and directed the officials to further expedite the process.

(Agencies)

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