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Damage limit raised for UP rice growers

Even as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress battle it out on the promotion quota, the UPA government Thursday extended a favour to the Uttar Pradesh government, providing it a one percent rise in damage limit on for rice purchased by government agencies from rice mills.

Announcing the waiver, a state government spokesman said that the decision of the central government comes after a series of efforts by the state government, including by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Secretary Javed Usmani and Samajwadi Party (SP) national president Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The central agriculture ministry has raised the damage limit from three to four percent after a team of officials visited many districts of the state to take samples and found the demands fair and pertinent, the official said. 

Uttar Pradesh had been saying that due to uneven rainfall this year, the quality of rice was not good. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) had refused to purchase the rice from rice mills of Uttar Pradesh owing to poor quality.

The decision which would be enforced on the levy and government purchases both, for the current financial year, is likely to provide a breather to the paddy growers in the state. 

The central government, in the past too has provided similar waiver to Punjab and Haryana thrice. For Uttar Pradesh however, this is for the first time.