New Delhi, Mar 29 : Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said since the lockdown was announced, about 98.84 LMT food grains have been lifted and transported through 3,530 rail rakes. Apart from the rail route, transportation was also done through roads and waterways.
A total of 201.44 LMT has been transported. 12,000 MT food grains were transported through 11 ships. Total 9.61 LMT food grains have been transported to the North-Eastern States. Mr Paswan held a video conference to brief the media about the initiatives and reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution during the last one year. While addressing the media, Mr Paswan said at the time of COVID-19 pandemic, the main focus of the Ministry is to provide food grains and pulses to all PDS and Non-PDS card holders, migrant labourers and those who are not covered under any food grain scheme of the Central or the State Governments. He informed that sufficient quantity of food grains is available in buffer stock. While addressing the media, the Minister informed that as on May 28, FCI currently has 272.29 LMT rice and 479.40 LMT wheat.
Hence, a total of 751.69 LMT food grain stock is available (excluding the ongoing purchase of wheat and paddy, which have not yet reached the godown). He further said that the Ministry is aiming to achieve 100 per cent seeding of ration cards with Aadhar under One Nation One Ration Card scheme by January 2021. (UNI)