Bhubaneswar: A Supply Department sub-divisional squad on Thursday conducted raids on rice mills at different places in Kalahandi district and seized thousands of rice and paddy bags from millers.
The squad conducted the raids following complaints in this regard were aired in the News7 TV channel repeatedly.
During raids, the squad seized 11,000 bags of paddy and 2,400 packets of rice from SJM Mill, 31,000 packets of new rice from the Samaleswar Agro Mill at Gajabahal and 4,000 bags of rice from the RK Modern Mill at Kesinga.
The millers procured thousands bags of paddy from farmers before the Mandis were opened by the State Government for the current Khariff season.
It may be noted that farmers are forced to sell paddy at low prices to millers as the Supply Department delays procuring paddy from them. Besides, a cumbersome process for sale of paddy at Mandis and release of payments also discourage famers, who are in bare need of money.
More raids would be conducted in coming days, said officials.