11,700-tonne grain damaged in FCI godowns, says Pawar

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 29 2010, 04:09am hrs
Over 11,700 tonne of foodgrain worth Rs 6.86 crore were found "damaged" in government godowns, food and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The FCI (Food Corporation of India) has taken penal action against the officials responsible, he added. "Reports have been received about damage to wheat and rice stocks in FCI depots," Pawar said. The minister said that the damage was noticed by a team of officials, which was deputed recently to inspect the foodgrain storage situation at FCI depots across Hapur, Orai and Harduaganj in UP.

"The team observed damage to wheat stocks at these depots and dereliction of duty by FCI officials. Based on its report, FCI has taken penal action against the officials concerned," Pawar said, adding that corrective steps are being taken in this regard. According to data submitted by Pawar, the maximum damage of 7,066 tonne of foodgrain was reported from Punjab, followed by 1,846 tonne from West Bengal and 1,457 tonne from Gujarat.