Food Grains

  • Haryana: Rs 52.11 crore approved under food security mission May 26, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana government has approved Rs 52.11 crore for state food security mission for 201415 to encourage cultivation of food grains and cereals in the state. This initiative would help encourage production and subsidisation of wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and commercial crops like sugarcane and cotton, an official spokesman said. Training...
  • Chhattisgarh govt to launch Rs 1/kg food grain scheme from January January 1, 2014

    Fulfilling its poll promise, Chief Minister Raman Singhled BJP government will commence the distribution of food grains at nominal rate of Rs 1/kg to 48 lakh poor families in the state through fair price shops from January. Chief Minister said his government is committed to fulfil the promises made before the...
  • Food subsidy scheme: Himachal Pradesh demands wheat flour, not grain September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh on Monday asked the central government to provide wheat flour in place of wheat grain under the National Food Security Act that will enable over 37 lakh people to get subsidised food grains in the state. Speaking at food ministers' conference in New Delhi, Food Civil Supplies...
  • 22,000 quintals of wheat declared unfit for human consumption June 13, 2013

    Deoli: Even as the UPA pushes for its ambitious food security legislation, there has been little improvement when it comes to storage infrastructure for food grains. CNNIBN on its visit to Deoli in Haryana for the third consecutive year has found out that 22,000 quintals of wheat, which was brought...
  • Tamil Nadu to upgrade barren lands for cultivation May 7, 2013

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said her government would upgrade 12,500 acre of barren land into cultivable farm land with adequate water facilities while announcing several schemes for ushering in a second green revolution in the state. "With food production to be affected owing to the...
  • Punjab: No lessons learnt as grains left to rot due to poor storage March 29, 2013

    Sangrur: Punjab has yet again reaped a bumper crop, but the big question is where will it be stored? Starting April 1, 150 lakh tonnes of wheat are set to arrive in Punjab's procurement centres, but only 60 lakh tonnes can be stored safely. Worse, only 15 crore of the...
  • Covered storage for food grain big challenge for govt March 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Despite government's promises to build more godowns for food grain storage, India has no space to store at least one-third of the 900 lakh metric tonnes of rice and wheat that is expected to be ready by June, 2013. Stark images from 2012 highlighted the acute lack of...
  • Driver working with Ponty Chadha's firm escapes with money December 31, 2012

    Batala: The driver of a firm associated with liquor baron late Ponty Chadha on Monday escaped with an amount to the tune of Rs 10 lakh from Gurdaspur district, police said. On the complaint of Jaspreet Singh Seth, Vice President of 'AB food grains', associated with Chadha, a case was...
  • Kerala tackles rising rice prices amid Oppn fire December 18, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Even as the Congressled government in Kerala tries hard to bring down skyrocketing prices of rice, Left parties have decided to take on the government over the issue. Rice is considered the staple food in the southern state but in the last four years, prices of the grain have...
  • BSP warns of another food grains scam in UP August 30, 2012

    Lucknow: Warning the Uttar Pradesh government of another food grains scam, the BSP on Thursday claimed massive irregularities have come to light in wheat purchases in five districts of the state. "There is every possibility of another food grains scam like the one in 20032004 and 20052006 worth Rs 50,000 crores...
  • Kerala: Grain rots despite storage space July 26, 2012

    Kochi: Even as tonnes of foodgrain was found rotting in the open air owing to lack of storage space, a government agency formed exclusively for the storage of agricultural produce is now forced to rent out its godowns to store everything from medical supplies to liquor. The Food Corporation of...
  • 'Toilets are being used for storing food grain' October 22, 2012

    Chandigarh: Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said toilets built over the last 10 years across the country are being used for storing food grain. "In last 10 years, toilets have been built (across the country)...But toilets are not being used for the...
  • Rajasthan: Food grain worth Rs 2 cr left to rot June 9, 2012

    Kota: There has been yet another shocking case of damage to food grains due to rains in Rajasthan's Kota district. Food grains to the tune of Rs 2 crore were neglected by Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials. Famers have now logded a case against Food Corporation of India (FCI)...
  • Consumer Affairs Min on Ganganagar's rotting grain report June 8, 2012

    New Delhi: On 6th June 2012 CNNIBN had done a special story on damage to food grains due to rains in Rajasthan's Ganganagar district. The report says almost 40,000 metric tonnes of food grains lying in the open have been left neglected by Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials. You...
  • RTI query busts major PDS scam in Maharashtra December 5, 2011

    Mumbai: An RTI query has unearthed a major scam in the Public Distribution System, as many as 42 lakh bogus ration cards have been issued in Maharashtra leading to large scale theft of food grain. A PIL in the Bombay High Court has alleged grains meant for the state's poor...
  • Wheat rots in open in Muktsar and Ferozepur June 24, 2011

    Chandigarh: Even as the country is grappling with the problem of big grain drain, another instance of gross wastage of the wheat in Punjab has come to light. Due to lack of storage facilities and lack of clearance of earlier stock, fresh wheat is being piled up by the roadside, getting...
  • Grain burning in godown: activist to move SC May 10, 2011

    New Delhi/ Chandigarh: Biraj Patnaik, a special advisor to the Supreme Court, will bring the case of rice being burnt at a godown in Punjab to the court's attention. Patnaik will take up the cause just a day after CNNIBN reported how thousands of tonnes of rice in Punjab was...
  • Dhaka refuses to buy subsidized food grains December 19, 2010

    India has been subsidizing its rice exports to Bangladesh. But still the deal doesn't seem to be materializing. ...
  • FCI 'wants' to outsource India's food security December 3, 2010

    New Delhi: A third of India's foodstocks left in the open to rot. Thousands of tonnes already spoilt. It might have forced the Government and particularly the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to aggressively look for more storage and take steps to save the stocks. But the FCI has other...
  • Punjab govt failed to prevent rot of food grains October 25, 2010

    Punjab: Fiftyfive thousand metric tonnes of food grains rotted in Punjab alone and thousands of tonnes more across the nation. The pictures of rotting grains might have shocked us, but not Adesh Pratap Singh, the Food Minister of Punjab and certainly not Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Prime Minister...
  • B'desh not 'willing' to buy Indian foodgrains October 21, 2010

    New Delhi: India's attempt at food diplomacy has met with little success. An RTI query reveals that due to various problems even Bangladesh was not interested in Indian food grains. Bangladesh is eager to buy, India more than eager to sell the grains and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) wanting...
  • Grains rot as flood victims go hungry September 27, 2010

    Uttarakhand: Thousands of quintals of wheat meant for flood victims of Uttarakhand are rotting in Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns in Haldwani a shocking case of government apathy towards hundreds of people going hungry. The grain stocks were meant for consumption by the floodravaged victims of Haldwani district...
  • Govt gives free phones to poor instead of grains October 2, 2010

    Jaipur: Over 1000 Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders in Rajasthan, got free cell phones, instead of the free food grains. It seemed the UPA Government would rather let the food grains rot in open than distribute them for free to the poor. The Government felt it more important to...
  • CJ: Grains rot in Nashik as poor go hungry September 4, 2010

    Excess food grains have been rotting in godowns for months, but Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar continues to say that it is not possible to distribute grains for free among the poor. ...
  • PDS hike on foodgrains under consideration: Govt September 2, 2010

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the government is considering a hike in the quantity of foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS) along with an upgradation in the number of eligible Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. "The government is considering an overall increase in PDS including an...
  • SC raps Pawar, says give rotting grain to poor August 31, 2010

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and criticised his statements that rotting food grain cannot be distributed to the poor free of cost. "Free of cost distribution of food grain was a part of the order. Tell your Minister that distribution of...
  • Is Centre to blame for mess in grain storage? July 27, 2010

    New Delhi: Millions of food grains are wasted every year due to storage problem. And this happens in a country where two meals a day is a luxury for millions of people. ...
  • Unable to store, FCI wants food grain exported July 28, 2010

    New Delhi: Even as lakhs of Indians starve everyday, several tonnes of food grains continue to rot in godowns across the country. However, what is more shocking is the Food Corporation of India's (FCI) suggestion that the country export those food grains to neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bangladesh to...
  • Wheat rotting but govt rents out godowns July 24, 2010

    New Delhi/Bind/Sirsa: While the government uses shortage of space as an excuse to cover up for the rotting food grains in the country, the State Warehouse Corporation (SWC) of Uttar Pradesh has admitted that the government godowns have been rented out to private companies for profit. CNNIBN has learnt that, in...
  • Govt suspends FCI officials for negligence July 22, 2010

    New Delhi: The Government on Wednesday said that it has suspended the area managers, depot managers and managers of the Hapur, Orai and Harduaganj FCI depots in Uttar Pradesh for causing food grain wastage by storing it in the open during the rainy season. In all, the government suspended nine Food...