January 28, 2014
WB Govt takes the initiative to reopen closed rice mills
The state government has taken an initiative to open all the closed rice mills in the state. Subsidies will be given for setting up rice mills in 165 blocks of the state that do not have any such facility.
The government will give a subsidy of Rs 75 lakh to those who are willing open a rice mill in tribal areas, and Rs 45 lakh subsidy to those who set up rice mills in non-tribal areas of the state, Food Minister Jyotipriya Mullick said. He said that an additional subsidy of Rs 5 lakh will be given as allowance in each case to encourage interested groups in setting up rice mills in the state.
The Food Minister also said that the state government will build godowns near the rice mills to help farmers stockpile their paddy.
A meeting was held today between the rice mill owners and the Food Minister. A committee has been set up under the agricultural advisor to the Chief Minister to look into the technicalities of reopening the closed rice mills.