Express press service

HYDERABAD: Along with troubles for the common man, the price of BPT rice variety has soared from Rs 600 to Rs 800 per quintal in the past three to four days in the open market. Retailers think more bad news is in store; they expect prices to continue to rise over the next two months.

The price of a quintal of BPT rice was around Rs 3,800 last week and has now touched the Rs 4,600 mark. Social activists blame the price hike on millers who stockpile food grains to create an artificial shortage . They believe rice millers have been stockpiling the BPT variety of rice, which is in demand, for months, and the impact is now visible in the form of higher prices.

Forum For the Better Society President Pullemla Rame-sh Goud said millers in the former Nalgonda district had closed their rice mills for three days to make it look like they were out of stock. rice at a price of around Rs 5,400 per quintal at the time of Dasara. The government should act decisively against those who stockpile food grains and ensure that prices remain under control,” said Ramesh Goud.

Asked about the shortage, a miller, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was a demand for rice due to food distribution at Ganesh pandals. SDP. Naturally, there is less production of the BPT variety which is widely consumed by the people,” said a rice farmer. Appeals to Civilian Supplies Commissioner V Anil Kumar elicited no response.

HYDERABAD: Along with troubles for the common man, the price of BPT rice variety has soared from Rs 600 to Rs 800 per quintal in the past three to four days in the open market. Retailers think more bad news is in store; they expect prices to continue to rise over the next two months. The price of a quintal of BPT rice was around Rs 3,800 last week and has now touched the Rs 4,600 mark. Social activists blame the price hike on millers who stockpile food grains to create an artificial shortage . They believe rice millers have been stockpiling the BPT variety of rice, which is in demand, for months, and the impact is now visible in the form of higher prices. Forum For the Better Society President Pullemla Rame-sh Goud said millers in the former Nalgonda district had closed their rice mills for three days to make it look like they were out of stock. rice at a price of around Rs 5,400 per quintal at the time of Dasara. The government should act decisively against those who stockpile food grains and ensure that prices remain under control,” said Ramesh Goud. Asked about the shortage, a miller, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was a demand for rice due to food distribution at Ganesh pandals. SDP. Naturally, there is less production of the BPT variety which is widely consumed by the people,” said a rice farmer. Appeals to Civilian Supplies Commissioner V Anil Kumar elicited no response.