Food Corporation of India has 811.69 lakh tonnes of food grains in stock

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The Food Corporation of India currently has 270.89 lakh tonnes of rice and 540.80 lakh tonnes of wheat, accumulating a total of 811.69 lakh tonnes food grain stock. This excludes the ongoing purchase of wheat and paddy, which have not yet reached the godowns.

Since the lockdown, about 117.43 lakh tonnes food grains have been lifted and transported through 4194 rail rakes. Apart from the rail route, transportation was also done through roads and waterways. A total of 245.23 lakh tonnes has been transported. 15,500 MT grains was transported through 13 ships. Total 11.68 lakh tonnes food grains have been transported to the North-Eastern States.

Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, Government of India has decided that 8 lakh tonnes food grains will be provided to about 8 crore migrant labourers, stranded and needy families, who are not covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) or State Public Distribution Scheme (PDS) cards.

Around 33,916 tonnes of gram/dal have been dispatched to the states and Union Territories. The Government of India is bearing 100% financial burden of approximately Rs. 3,109 crores for food grain and Rs 280 crores for gram under this scheme.

As on 11 June, 2020, a total of 376.58 lakh tonnes wheat and 734.58 lakh tonnes rice were procured, according to Minstry of Agriculture press release. Under the Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS), the rates of rice is fixed at Rs.22 per kg and Wheat at Rs.21 per kg. FCI has sold 5.57 lakh tonnes wheat and 8.90 lakh tonnes rice through OMSS during the lockdown period.

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