Second day of rice mill strike prompts govt to act

Second day of rice mill strike prompts govt to act

As rice millers entered their second day of indefinite strikes, the State government has initiated the first steps to resolve the issue by scheduling a meeting on Wednesday in Bangalore. 

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Tuesday that the government was ready to hear any legitimate pleas by rice millers and resolve the issue.Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed confidence in their pricing of rice at Rs 2,400 per tonne, and said that the government is in constant touch with millers.

The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) urged the government to settle the millers’ problems in an ‘amicable’ manner. In a statement, FKCCI has said that the outcome of the settlement should be a win-win situation for both the government and millers. The industry body has said that the idefinite strike has caused hardships to both the millers and the workers employed there. 

The millers had begun their indefinite strike on Monday, across 23 districts in the State, to oppose the levy target fixed by the government. There are as many as 1,800 rice mills in the State.

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