FCI regional office upgraded

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Imphal: Following an order issued by Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Wednesday night regional office of FCI, Manipur has been upgraded to a full-fledged FCI special regional office with headquarter at Imphal.

In the order issued by general manager Devesh Kumar Yadav it is mentioned that Manipur region will be operated with the existing staff strength and it will be headed by deputy general manager (DGM) (general). It was upgraded under the provision of section 4(2) of the Food Corporation Act, 1964 for setting up of independent regional office.

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The approval of competent authority was conveyed vide ministry’s order on Thursday last.

Transporters’ and Driver Council (TDC) expresses its gratitude on the upgradation into full-fledged regional office which has been demanding by the council since 2012, said president TDC, H Ranjit in a press conference held at its office here on Thursday.

Ranjit said in 2012 TDC had demanded to establish  a full-fledged FCI regional office in the state.

The then Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution Thomas announced it during an inaugural function of 5000 metric tons capacity godown at Senapati in November, 2013, he added.

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On February 22, 2014,  KV Thomas inaugurated a regional FCI office at old assembly complex, Imphal. After six years the office is upgraded into full-fledged regional office with the initiatives of state CAF and PD minister, Karam Shyam on Wednesday night, he added.

With the upgradation of full-fledged FCI regional office scarcity of food grains at the time of need will be solved. On fulfilling the demand of TDC, he expressed gratitude towards union minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, state CAF and PD minister, chief minister and chairman cum managing director, FCI head quarter, executive director zonal office north east, Guwahati.

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Ranjit said bus drivers and co-drivers who are engaged in transporting stranded people have been quarantining at hotels. He appealed the drivers and co-drivers to take care of their health and not to use intoxicants during the time of quarantine period.

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