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Hafed rice mill lying defunct for five years

July 10, 2018 05:48 AM


Hafed rice mill lying defunct for five years
Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 9

The rice mill established by Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd (HAFED) in 2012 in Taraori, the rice bowl of the country, has turned into a white elephant as it has been lying defunct for the past around five years.
Hafed had incurred a cost of Rs1.5 crore on it, but due to the non-replacement of a faulty part in a machine, the mill has been lying idle, leading to a huge loss to the state exchequer.
With the aim to processing the paddy being procured by Hafed at its own mill, Hafed had set up this mill on the National Highway 44 in Taraori. A Punjab-based company was assigned the project, which had established it.
As per sources, the mill worked smoothly for only a few months, but later a technical snag halted the working of the mill. As a consequence, Hafed has to get its paddy de-husked from other mills.
The sources further stated that the company concerned tried to rectify the problem, but was unsuccessful. Now, Hafed has decided to replace the faulty part.
To check the mill and its functioning, a team of The Tribune visited the mill and found that neither the mill nor the cold store was in a working condition. One of the employees confirmed that the mill was lying non-functional for the past almost five years.
GM Hafed Taraori Pardeep Hooda said he had joined in March and the machinery was lying non-functional before his joining.
He admitted that a part which separates husk from rice got damaged and it costs around Rs18 lakh to Rs20 lakh. Due to this technical problem, the wastage had increased, causing loss in the recovery of rice from the paddy as well as resulting in high wastage. “Hafed had decided to procure the part on the risk cost of the company and we have placed the order. Hopefully, the mill would be functional by the upcoming season,” said the GM.
Hafed chairman and Gharaunda MLA Harvinder Kalyan said that they would try to make the mill functional. “I will ask the authorities to sort out the issue and make it functional at the earliest,” he added

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