The Indian government is mulling a proposal that it procure paddy directly from farmers at the minimum support price (MSP) in the ensuing kharif season, and pay to have it milled at rice mills. The idea was proposed by a committee charged with studying patterns of procurement on a recent tour of the Punjab region. The committee consisted of the Secretary of the Food and Agriculture Department, K. Ratna Kishore, and D. Sambasiva Rao, MD of MARKFED.