NEW DELHI, 24 JUNE: India is planning to export two million tons of wheat from the government stock involving a subsidy of Rs 1,000 crore, and a decision in this regard is expected soon.

As monsoon steadily progresses across the country, the government on Thursday said that about 6.6 million tonnes of freshly procured wheat — worth about Rs 12,000 crore — spread across Punjab, Hary

Food Ministry wants to limit grain procurement to the needs of PDS

More than 6.6 million tonnes of wheat meant for the public distribution system, is lying in the open, running the risk of damage from rain, Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas admitted here on Thursday. Faced with a problem of plenty, the Food Ministry wants to limit grain procurement to the needs of the public distribution system. It also wants Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to include construction of medium-capacity godowns in the national rural employment guarantee scheme to augment the grains storage capacity.

The food ministry on Thursday assured the nation all efforts were being made to ensure foodgrains were not damaged because of improper storage. This, despite the fact that due to poor storage facilities, 6.61 million tonnes remain vulnerable to the vagaries of the impending southwest monsoon.

“I can assure all the best efforts are being made to ensure no grain is damaged in the monsoon,” Food Minister K V Thomas told reporters. He added of the total foodgrain stock in central pool, estimated at about 82 million tones, about 87 per cent was in safe storage facilities.

LUCKNOW: With reports of wheat stocks rotting across the country, the state government on Sunday said it would put in place stringent measures to ensure no foodgrain was wasted.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has promised funds to Rajasthan in the power sector besides the bank's traditional areas of agriculture and rural development. The State has been told that if it can spend, additional funds to the tune of Rs.500 crore could be made available in the current year itself in the mandated sectors.

With a huge wheat harvest across North India and massive pile-up of stocks in godowns not resulting in a drop in the price of flour, the Delhi Government has decided to step in yet again with the sale of its “Bhagidari atta” for providing people with wheat flour at a reasonable price.

Delhi Food & Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf, who had a meeting with several mill owners on Monday, said the Government would be reintroducing its wheat flour scheme through a tender process for which the request for quotation (RFQ) would be issued in a week or 10 days.

Other States Too Face Similar Woes, Send SOS To Centre

Rice stocked in the godowns of Jharkhand State Food Corporation have been rotting since the launch of MGNREGS seven years ago.

States appear lukewarm to bail out the Centre grappling with the “problem of plenty”, as there is no response to the food ministry’s proposal for advance lifting of foodgrains.