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Actual stocks of food grains at FCI 2.5 times higher than the norm, says Goyal | India News

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NEW DELHI: Actual stocks of wheat and rice with the state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Jan 1 were nearly two and a half times the storage standard to meet the requirement, the ministry said Tuesday from Food to Lok Sabha. In a written response, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal said that actual stocks of wheat and rice were about 52.3 million tonnes compared to the storage standard of 21.4 million tons of January 1.
Rising food grain stocks have been a concern for the FCI despite the large amount of stocks released during the Covid shutdown when an additional 5 kg were allowed to beneficiaries under the National Food Safety Act and at a large number of migrant workers who did not have ration cards. . “If that amount had not been raised, we would have been left with little space to maintain the current acquisition of food grains. There was some relief. But now we have a huge stock again, “said an official.
In response to another question, he said that there has been a minor loss of food grains stored by the FCI.

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