Amarinder seeks PM's intervention to build 20 LMT foodgrain storage

Category : Punjab News
Updated On : June 19, 2019 02:27 AM
Amarinder seeks PM's intervention to build 20 LMT foodgrain storage By Indian Times Daily

(UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urgent intervention for permission to construct 20 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) capacity covered godowns in the state for scientific storage of foodgrains, to address the acute shortage of covered storage space.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Capt Amarinder has urged him to direct the Union Ministry of Food to “allow construction of 20 LMT capacity covered godowns, under seven year guarantee by Union Government/FCI, so that foodgrains may be scientifically stored in the state.”

He pointed out that bumper crops during the last few seasons, coupled with slow pace of evacuation of foodgrains from the State of Punjab, had resulted in acute shortage of covered storage space. As a result, more than 100 LMT of wheat, out of 280 LMT of foodgrain stocked in the state, is currently stored in the open, he said, adding that the situation had worsened this year because of unseasonal rains, resulting in the purchase of certain quantities of wheat under relaxed specifications (URS).

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