The focus of the plan will be to develop a long-term strategy and movement plan of foodgrain throughout the country, especially from producing states
Submitted on 08/01/2011 – 12:46:18 PM
New Delhi: The Department of Food and Public Distribution has proposed to prepare a plan on the movement of foodgrains in consultation with Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Railways.
The FCI and Railways have been asked to furnish relevant inputs for formation of such a Plan. Once these inputs are received, the Department will endeavour to prepare a National Foodgrain Movement Plan.
This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, KV Thomas in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Monday.
Sources said a permanent command structure comprising the Chairman of the Railway Board, Secretary, Food and Public Distribution Department, and Chairman of the Food Corporation of India will oversee the entire operation.
A similar structure is also proposed to be constituted at the state level.
The focus of the plan will be to develop a long-term strategy and movement plan of foodgrain throughout the country, especially from producing states, during the peak procurement season.
This will make sure that the food-surplus states will transfer the grains to the deficient states in a systematic manner without any delay, sources said.