One of the reasons why poor are hungry!

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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..New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI)
Upto January 2011, the quantum of foodgrains damaged in FCI godowns were 6,348 tonnes
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is estimated to have incurred a financial loss of Rs 484.76 crore in 2010-11 due to damage to foodgrains and storage and transit loss, Food and Public Distribution minister K V Thomas said today.

FCI, a nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains, is estimated to have lost Rs 484.76 crore in 2010-11, as against Rs 437.87 crore in the previous year, the minister said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

The FCI lost about Rs 482 crore from storage and transit loss alone this year, while damage to foodgrains was only Rs 2.92 crore, figures revealed.

Upto January 2011, the quantum of foodgrains damaged in FCI godowns were 6,348 tonnes, it said.

The minister said that FCI has initiated 116 cases against irregularities and corruption so far this year.

In a separate reply, Thomas said the Delhi government reported in December 2010 seizure of 1,238 bags of wheat and 461 bags of rice (50 kg each) meant for the Public Distribution System (PDS) that were being diverted.

The Delhi government has take action by cancelling the authorisation of the said ration shop and terminated the transporting agency.

The minister also said the government has received three complaints — two in 2007-08 and one in 2010-11 — about supply of poor quality of foodgrains through PDS. .

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