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Telangana: Rice millers go for Bihar rice to escape local taxes

Rice millers of Telangana are going for Bihar rice and avoiding Nagarjunasagar ayacut rice to escape taxes.

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Rice Millers say that Nagarjunasagar paddy has a moisture content of 20 percent, while Bihar paddy has just 15 per cent, and there is no sales tax on rice purchased from Bihar.

Hyderabad: Telangana Rice millers are going for Bihar rice and escaping Nagarjunasagar ayacut rice to escape taxes. Millers are illegally moving rice from Bihar. The racket is going on unabated even after tax officers seized 124 travels. Of Bihar rice in Nalgonda last week that was unlawfully brought to the state. Local farmers are suffering vast damages due to this racket.

Miryalaguda is Asia’s largest rice milling center and hundreds of rice grinds operate there. Millers used to procure paddy only from Nagarjunasagar ayacut planters till in recent times. But they stopped purchasing paddy from Nagarjuna-Sagar farmers this period citing ‘poor quality’ and started importing huge quantities from Bihar through the Railways.

Nagarjunasagar paddy has a moisture content of 20 percent Millier says, while Bihar paddy has just 15 per cent and there are no sales due on Bihar paddy. They say that they might procure Bihar rice for just Rs 1,700 to Rs 2,000 a quintal as well as import tax.

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However, the current raids by vigilance and enforcement section in Nalgonda district revealed that millers have been escaping all state government taxes by bringing rice from Bihar.

During the raids on January 24 and February 4, tax officers seized 4,800 tons of paddy worth Rs 10 crore unlawfully brought from Bihar by evading all dues due to the state government. There were no waybills or invoices with them for the rice. The millers discharge the stocks from railway wagons and load them onto Lorries. The tax officers collected 5 per cent tax from each lorry, and this fetched Rs 24.30 lakh for the government.

Shockingly, all the stocks were bought in the label of a single rice mill but were delivered to various mills across Nalgonda region. The milled rice is actuality sold to dealers directly causing huge damages to the TS exchequer.

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