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May 26, 2011 at 05:28pm IST

Govt fails to stem grain rot in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: In Jabalpur, unseasonal rains have led to the damage of thousands of tonnes freshly procured wheat which were lying in the open. Procurement officials say that the wheat could not be stored because of lack of storage space.

No one is willing to take accountability for the mess-up with the State government passing the buck blaming the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for the damage. The Madhya Pradesh government has alleged that more than one lakh tonne of wheat meant for the FCI Pool is rotting in the open.

Earlier, CNN-IBN had reported on grain rotting from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. Large stockpiles of rotting grain were found across the three states over the last few months even as millions go to bed without food.

In Haryana tonnes of grain were found going to waste in the FCI go-down. Grain was allowed rot in the open in Madhya Pradesh. Similar scenes in Nalgonda in Andhra Pradesh as well.

The Supreme Court has already directed the government to take a fresh look at how the poverty line is defined and distribute five million tonnes of foodgrain to 150 of India's poorest districts.

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