Inde: FCI’s grains stock crosses over 60 million tonnes, govt says enough to meet requirement | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Food Corporation of India (FCI) had stock of around 60.6 million tonnes of wheat and rice as on Friday, which the government claimed was enough to meet the requirement under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and to provide free additional grains to the identified poor till June.
The Centre is bearing the entire cost of Rs 46,000 crore for providing three months additional foodgrains to the poor for free.
Food ministry officials said the FCI has 27.6 million tonnes of rice and another 33 million tonnes of wheat. The government needs nearly 6 million tonnes of foodgrain per month for NFSA and for other welfare schemes.
“There is no shortage of foodgrains. We have already allocated grains for the poor under the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna. During the lockdown, 2,337 rail rakes have been used for loading and transferring nearly 6.5 million tonnes of grains. Besides the rail route, grains have been transported by road and by waterways as well,” Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.
According to official data, a total 12.6 million tonnes have been transported by all modes of transport.
Under Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna, the total requirement of foodgrains is estimated to be 10.4 million tonnes of rice and 1.6 million tonnes of wheat. So far 5.7 million tonnes of rice and 7.7 lakh tonnes of wheat have been picked up by states and UTs.
The ministry said wheat has been allocated for six states – Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi – and rive has been allocated for the rest of the states.

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