The overall shortfall in the off-take of subsidised wheat and rice by Gujarat Government during 2008-13 has "deprived" the beneficiaries of the food grains, which were allotted by Centre, and also caused a loss of subsidy to the tune of Rs 2,652 crore, according to a CAG report.
BJP members on Monday created a din in the Bihar Assembly protesting against food grains not reaching beneficiaries leading Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary to adjourn the House till the post-lunch session.
Government Tuesday said severe cyclone has damaged godowns that have foodgrain stocks of 52,000 tonnes in Jagannathpur and Berhampur in Odisha, while central teams have been sent to assess the quality of grains before supplying it for PDS distribution.
The government is likely to release food grains from its stocks in order to bring down soaring food prices, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas said on Monday.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that rather than directing the state government to make direct payment to farmers, the Centre must focus on lifting, storage and movement of food grains from Punjab.
Based on an RTI reply from the Food Corporation of India which states that 60% of wheat and 33% of rice samples sent to it were below norms, BJP on Thursday said it will take up the issue through a PIL in the Supreme Court.
The Government on Tuesday said that criminal action would be taken against Food Corporation of India officials in Uttar Pradesh who are responsible for causing foodgrain wastage by storing it in the open during the rainy season.
Despite being considered the
world`s second largest producer of food grains, the country
suffers from paucity of proper storage facilities, Union
Minister for Food Processing Subodh Kant Sahay has said.