new Delhi. Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan wants to speed up the development of grain storage facilities on the surplus land of the Indian Railways. On this issue, Paswan held a meeting with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal via video conference on Tuesday. In this meeting, Paswan stressed on the need to fast forward the proposal to develop 31 lakh tonnes of grain storage facilities on the surplus land of the Railways. It will cost Rs 2,230 crore.
This meeting is very important in terms of reduction in storage capacity. Some food grains are covered and plinth (CAP) in government warehouses. This is a temporary method in which grains are covered with a waterproof material. This method is not considered safe in monsoon.
Paswan said that in a meeting with the Railway Minister, there was a discussion to develop storage facilities on the surplus land of the railways at the earliest. However, he did not provide more details. According to official figures, the government currently has a capacity to store 885 million tonnes of food grains. Out of this, 14.4 million tonnes of food grains are stored through CAP.
During the last few years, the government's stock of food grains has increased due to record production and procurement. As of August 6, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had reserves of 75 million tonnes.
This post was published on August 12, 2020 2:55 pm
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