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Something Is Rotten

The poor stare vacantly as a food-surplus nation lets its stock spoil in the open

Something Is Rotten
Prabhjot Singh Gill
Something Is Rotten
outlookindia.com
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Systemic Failure

  • Despite record procurement, poor storage has led to a criminal waste of grain
  • 61,000 tonnes of grain rotted as it was left in the open during the monsoon
  • The FCI had shut down storage facilities after low procurement in 2006-07
  • The plan for decentralised storage facilities is 40 years old. It’s still hanging fire.
  • EGoM did not clear the surplus grains for the PDS since it would have added   Rs 5,000 crore to the food subsidy bill

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Despite the record procurement of 608.79 lakh tonnes of rice and wheat last month, more than 40 per cent of the population goes hungry and 46 per cent of the country’s children are malnourished. As if that wasn’t burden enough of guilt, reports have come over the last fortnight of government agencies leaving thousands of tonnes of foodgrain to rot in the open. India, meanwhile, has also been emerging as a leading exporter of...

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