Notably, state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) had last month stopped the supply of rice from its depots to ethanol makers.

According to Food Secretary Sanjeev Chopra, distilleries are facing an issue due to non-availability of rice. They have told prices of maize and broken rice are ruling high.

“This issue is actually under our consideration. We are aware of the problem. Very shortly, we will take a suitable decision,” he said.

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