Chandigarh/Patiala, February 18: The Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution System (PDS) Rao Saheb Patil Danve today visited the office and godowns of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) situated at Sirhind Road here.
Interacting with the mediapersons on the occasion, the Union Minister said the Union Government is fully aware of the problems pertaining to the storage in the godowns of Punjab. So, work is on to increase storage in the State.
He also said that 31 silos would come up in Punjab and tenders have been floated concerning 21 of these.
Rao Saheb Patil Danve further added that Punjab is the food bowl of the nation, So, it would be ensured that it encounters no problem. He also divulged that the storage of FCI is also being expanded and besides this, the godowns are also being constructed.
The Union Government is also fully focussing on the storage of rice in Punjab. He also paid a visit to the FCI godowns and interacted with the officers, employee unions and other organizations. He also planted a sapling on the occasion.
31 silos to be constructed in Punjab soon for scientific storage of foodgrains: Union Minister
Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve, on Tuesday, said that in order to prevent wastage of foodgrains in traditional storage system, the government has planned to construct 31 silos in Punjab for proper scientific storage of food grains.
He was here at Sangrur to inspect the godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and review the public distribution system of food grains. He added that the process for the identification of suitable sites has been initiated and soon construction of new silos will be started.
He said that silo structures follows a scientific method of storing grains where stored grain is kept dry and aired so as to prevent fungal and insect attacks for much longer time period as compared to traditional methods.
The minister said that soon the “one nation, one ration card’ policy will be implemented in all states of the country as 12 states have already been divided into clusters.
He added that under this scheme, the beneficiaries of the public distribution would get their share of rations in any state in which they will be residing. He added that leaders of the labour, rice millers and some other unions have highlighted some issues which would also be addressed on priority.
On this occasion, GM FCI Arshdeep Singh Thind, DC Sangrur Ghanshyam Thori, SSP Dr. Sandeep Garg, ADC Rajesh Tripathi, DFSC Sweety Dewgan among several others were also present.