'Food trains' race to ferry PDS grain to ‘deficit states’
NEW DELHI: Usually at this time of the year, the Food Corporation of India machinery across the country is busy coordinating procurement of wheat. This year, the focus is on moving grains to meet the requirement of “deficit states” such as Bihar, UP and West Bengal which have to supply twice the amount of foodgrains through the public distribution system to ensure that 80 crore poor do not go hungry during the lockdown.
On Tuesday, FCI moved 58 rakes, a record, through Indian Railways with around 1.6 lakh tonnes of wheat and rice — against an average 30-35 rakes. It was a similar story on Wednesday with 53-55 rakes expected to leave surplus states such as Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Given the massive production and stocks in Punjab, nearly 60% of the grains are moving from the state.
Since March 24, when the go nment announced additional 5kg of grains free of cost over and above the 5kg entitlement, FCI has moved close to a million tonnes in over 350 rakes — around 40 rakes a day. Some 250 rakes have been unloaded in states, which have to make the first round of supplies by April 15.
FCI plans to move close to five million tonnes of foodgrains in April, using an average 50 rakes a day, its chairman D V Prasad said. “FCI has sufficient stocks of wheat and rice to meet the requirement of all states, including the additional allocation that the go nment has announced,” he told TOI.
印度食品公司主席D V Prasad表示，该公司计划在4月调拨近500万吨粮食，平均每天动用50列火车运送。他告诉《印度时报》:“印度食品公司有足够的小麦和大米库存来满足所有邦的需求，政府宣布要增拨的粮食也能满足。”
The absence of passenger trains is also helping in faster movement of “food trains” with goods moving from Punjab to Assam in 3-4 days against the 5-6 days that freight trains usually take. “How quickly we move fresh stocks also depends on the pace at which godowns empty. Most states do not have sufficient storage facility,” an FCI officer said.
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Punjab never disappoints.... Truly d breadbasket of India.
It is very important that the 'Supply chain' is kept in complete control.
I thankful to Railway and their Staff ,at the time od Lock Down and Social Distancing they are performing well ,and their family members are also great by allowing them for duty .
NO NEED to send to Kerela & jammu,kashmir.
Allah will provide them
All thanks to Modiji that foods trains are racing. This never happened in 60 years of Congress rule.
How do you know ? There was no such crisis before.
Railway is silently playing one of the biggest role in this lockdown....
Fraudulent scheme going to dubious beneficiaries. People are selling this grain at the black market to farmers and used in cattle feed. This is not a sustainable scheme. This is a massive rip-off to the Taxpayers paying for this. This scheme results in loss of numerous jobs by way of higher taxation. This is a way of keeping the population dependent on Government
Government is doing all possible things to provide basic essentials across states. Only support that they need is to stay at home and just dont spread this pandemic.
Maintenance of PDS and food supply chain are very important in our fight against corona- people will adhere to lock down if their food supply is uninterrupted; non compliance will become the issue if food chain is disrupted
Thanks to Center Govt, Indian Railways, Transporters, FCI, fair price shopkeepers. Because of your cooperation, poor and hungry people won't die.
The go nment is working hard to reduce the pain of a total lock down and people must help by active cooperation. This is a critical moment in an unprecedented situation and history must record the positive role played by the people as a whole!
lagNemam Natarajan Pasupathy
Though. The CM announced even 7 kg more, the people in Hyderabad got only 5 kg rice. Not 12 kg.
Maintain supply chain
First time I witness a coordinated effort by all our ministries - health, railways, airways, police, defence, etc. - during the corona virus crisis. I sincerely applaud their efforts. Keep up your good work even after Corona goes.
Food Corporation of India was established in the year 14/1/1965. Today our Govt. is taking this step thanks to those who thought of this some 55 years back. But in a corrupted atmosphere nobody knows where these items are going and who are hoarding them. Wake up India !
Great job by FCI & Indian railways people. God bless you.
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi
By and large many doing their bit except a few who want to see this attempt of go nment to contain the Virus is contained we have see great example in Nizamuddin
K Mohan Hyderabad
Coronavirus has been making every Indian govt dept to work hard
K Mohan Hyderabad
Railways have been playing an important role in this trying time and every effort appreciated
This is another miscalculation by BJP Government. They failed to assess the food requirements and possibility of shortage in various states. There is a serious risk of chaos if things get worst.
Good arrangement, but panic stricken people need not store more food grains unnecessarily fearing shortage in future.
Good work by centre and state
Needed to ensure there is no shortage of food grains. Please keep up the good work.