Minister Orders Immediate Release Of Grain Stocks

New Delhi, July 28: | Updated: Jul 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
Acting on complaints of large volume of foodgrains rotting for about five years in FCI godowns, Union food minister Sharad Yadav under took a surprise visit to the godowns here on Saturday and ordered immediate release of old stocks.

During the visit to the FCI godowns at Mayapuri area, Mr Yadav found that of the 62,000 tonne foodgrains, about 5,700 tonne of stocks were four to five year old and over 10,500 tonne three to four year old, official sources said.

About 14,300 tonne of foodgrains were two to three year old, while over 16,400 tonne were one to two years old and 24,000 tonne were one year old, they said. The minister gave directions for early release of the foodgrains lying in the godowns for a number of years.