New Delhi: To ensure uninterrupted supply of foodgrains to states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has moved more than 85 rakes in the past two days so that nobody goes hungry during this 21-day lockdown. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown Extension News: Bengaluru to Come Under Complete Shutdown From Today, Won’t be Extended Beyond July 22 | Check Details
Sixty per cent of the grains being supplied by the FCI comes from Punjab due to its massive production. States such as Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana also supply foodgrains to the FCI. Also Read - Railways Ministry to Stay Closed on July 14, 15 After Officials Found COVID Positive in Rail Bhawan
“FCI is fully prepared to meet not only the food grain requirement under National Food Security Act (NFSA) at 5 kg per month per beneficiary but also any additional demand including the supply of 5 kg/ person for the next three months to 81.35 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana,” a press release from Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said. Also Read - Uttarakhand Lockdown News: After Kashipur, 48-Hour Total Shutdown in Rudrapur Corporation, Nearby Areas
“As on March 31, 2020, FCI has 56.75 Million MT (MMT) of foodgrains (30.7 MMT rice and 26.06 MMT wheat),” the Ministry said.
“Even in this challenging operational environment, FCI is able to meet the increasing demand of foodgrains by gearing up the pace of supply of wheat and rice throughout the country mostly by rail. A total of 53 rakes are being loaded on Wednesday carrying about 1.48 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) food grain stock. Since the day of lockdown, that is on March 24, FCI has moved 352 rakes carrying an approximate quantity of 9.86 LMT,” the statement said.