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World Food Programme can help India plug leakage in PDS: Thomas

The government today said the World Food Programme can help India reduce wastage of fruits and vegetables and plug leakage in the public distribution system.



New Delhi: The government today said the World Food Programme can help India reduce wastage of fruits and vegetables and plug leakage in the public distribution system.

"...There are about 25-30 per cent leakages in Public Distribution System (PDS), and where WFP can guide us and help us," Thomas said in meeting with the delegation of the World Food Programme (WFP) led by Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

Thomas also added that WFP can play role in reducing wastages in fruits and vegetables, especially in devising awareness campaigns.

Speaking on the food security in the country Thomas said: "At Rs 1,30,000 crore government support, the food security programme will be the largest in the world. It will require 62 million tonne of foodgrains."

He elaborated that food bill guarantees 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month per person at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Re 1 respectively.

During the discussions, Cousin talked about the role of WFP in the India and with the passage of new food security bill, how both WFP and India can work together.

"WFP has long relationship with India, we are working here since 1960s, but India has changed it has grown. We see there are opportunities to work together particularly after the passage of food security bill, both India and WFP can enhance their relationship," Cousin said during the meeting.
She added there are opportunities to work in public distribution system (PDS) and to bridge the leakages in the system on which Indian government is already working.
WFP is the food assistance branch of the United Nations, and it is the world`s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security.

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