Over 40,000 tonnes of food grains, including rice and wheat, was damaged in the last six years in the storage facilities of Food Corporation of India.
Stinking and rotten wheat strewn at an open godown of FCI managed by the Haryana government at Nagura. (Mail Today File)
At a time when government announced extension of free food grains scheme to 80 crore of India’s poorest as the country fights coronavirus, over 40,546 tonnes of food grains were damaged in the last six years in government godowns.
In reply to an RTI file by a Delhi-based activist, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) said a total of 40,546 tonnes of food grains was damaged since 2014 at its various godowns across the country.
The reply to the RTI filed by Govindan Nampoothiry revealed that over 40,000 tonnes of food grains, including wheat and rice, have rotten in the last six years.
“The condition of FCI godowns is not hidden from anyone. In the reply to my RTI application, the government has given data of 23 states and it shows the poor upkeep of food grains in its godowns,” said Govindan.
While Maharashtra tops the chart in damaged food grains in FCI godowns with 8,191 tonnes in these six years, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have zero loss of stored food grains, he said.
According to the government’s reply, a copy of which is with India Today, 2014-15 was the worst year in which 18,847 tonnes of food grains were damaged.
“During 2014-15, 6,120 tonnes of food grains were lost alone in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 7,109 MT of food grains were damaged in Odisha and 2,262 MT in Andhra Pradesh during the same period of time,” said Govindan.
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