Food storage depot of 4600 MT capacity inaugurated

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, September 21, 2019: A food storage depot having a capacity of  4600 MT was inaugurated by Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution (CAF & PD) Vilas Paswan on Saturday at Old Cachar Road, Bishnupur.

The foundation stone of food storage depot was laid by Paswan in 2015.

“We are taking a revolutionary step whether it be in the interest of the consumers of the country or the food department”, Paswan said.

He thanked the FCI officials for their work and team effort in bringing a full-fledged regional office of FCI here by January 2020. Highlighting that 2 godowns have been inaugurated by the Prime Minister, he said that the government will further try to open FCI godowns in almost all the districts of the North East.

He also said that he had discussed in detail NFSA issues, drought related problems and other related matters with the general managers, ED and secretaries of the north eastern states on Friday.

Paswan also mentioned that post machines have been implemented in 14 states of the country  in connection with the one nation one card scheme. While Tripura and Imphal have completed almost 100% and 86% targets respectively, Assam and Mizoram have comparatively achieved lesser targets, he added.

He also pointed out  that the people of Manipur should try to get the benefits of Prime Minister’s Ayushman Yojana that gives 5 lakhs financial assistance per family in a year.

CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam, clarifying on the issue of black marketing of essential commodities,    said NFSA rice allocation is provided to the public every month through NFSA fair price  agents after getting certification from local organizations and elected members’ nominees. The process has been carried out transparently in collaboration with the DCs , DSOs  and local representatives and rice given on a second term basis only after proper certification, he assured.

Shyam   informed that the total monthly  rice allocation under NFSA for the state is 13, 380.740 metric tonnes out of which around 5,79,870 is reserved for the households. The number of beneficiaries is around 24,32,702 while the total number of fair price shop agents is 2,324, he also added.

He also stated that the land has already been furnished for constructing 6 more new godowns in Manipur.

It is really very unfortunate that for the first time in the history of Manipur, the price of rice per kg shoots up to more than Rs.50, he said and assured that the current problem will be minimized if we get the 10,000 metric tonnes of rice from the ministry that is supposed to be allocated in times of natural calamities.

Shyam also clarified that the policy is now changed regarding allocation of SK oil . It has to be distributed per quarter to only those beneficiaries without proper electricity and gas.

Executive director, FCI, North East Zone Anurag Gupta announced that construction of new godown at Churachandpur is in the pipeline and also mentioned that additional foodgrains are available under the open sales scheme in times of drought.

The ministry of CAF& PD  has advised the state governments to accelerate the process of computerization of PDS operations and integrate the software of FCI and state governments at the earliest  to ensure end to end computerization of the process of procurement, storage and distribution of foodgrains and bring all round development to the north eastern states.

FCI has implemented depot online system in most of its owned depots in the North East Zone. In 2019, more than 17,000 MT has been created in 3 locations of Manipur viz. Thoubal, Imphal East and Bishnupur.

Ravikant, secretary(F&PD), ministry of Food, CAF&PD, D.V.Prasad, chairman and managing director, FCI, food secretaries of the north eastern states, related officials and staff of FCI Manipur and food and civil supplies department attended the function amongst others.

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