Centre to help states in paddy procurement

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SummaryFaced with vocal protests in the Lok Sabha that led to disruption of the House on two occasions, the government on Friday promised assistance to states on procurement of paddy that several political parties said was facing trouble in a record harvest year.

Faced with vocal protests in the Lok Sabha that led to disruption of the House on two occasions, the government on Friday promised assistance to states on procurement of paddy that several political parties said was facing trouble in a record harvest year.

Food Minister K V Thomas came in to clarify after members stormed into the well of the House. He assured Parliament that teams of senior FCI officials would be sent to all major paddy producing states to discuss the matter. Earlier, Finance Minister P Chidambaram also clarified that the government would be convening a meeting with the states to sort out all problems.

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