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Amid farmers’ agitation, FCI moves foodgrain out of Punjab

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 1

Amid the rail roko agitation by farmers, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has started shifting huge amounts of foodgrain from the state. Almost 30 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain procured earlier for the FCI has been moved from Punjab to other states.

Since the movement of grains is linked to the release of cash credit limit (CCL) needed to buy paddy that is now arriving in mandis, farmers inspite of their rail roko stir at 30 places in the state, are allowing the transport of existing stocks of foodgrain from the state.

On an average 1.16 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain are being moved out of Punjab in special trains daily. According to official sources in the FCI, the movement of grains has been the highest in the past one week ever since the rail roko campaign began.

"Our field staff is creating awareness among farmers about the importance of shifting grains, which will help the state get the CCL for the ongoing paddy season. Thus farmers are allowing these special trains," a senior official of the FCI, Punjab region, told The Tribune.

According to information, 60 lakh metric tonnes of rice and 143 lakh metric tonnes of wheat stocks are currently lying in Punjab. These have to be liquidated immediately for the FCI to release the dues.

"We have received almost Rs 700 crore till today, while the remaining dues will be cleared soon," Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said.

from The Tribune

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