FOODGRAIN

  • Abdul Kalam hopes for better foodgrains output despite poor rains October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday hoped that the country's overall foodgrains production would be better this year despite rainfall deficit. Deficit rains have affected kharif (summer) crops in the 2013-14 crop year, forcing the government to keep kharif foodgrains output estimate...
  • Centre's condition for supplying foodgrain against spirit of NFSA: Ravinath Raman August 7, 2014

    Uttarakhand government on Thursday said the condition set by the Centre to supply foodgrain under NFSA to the state only upon completion of the computerisation of the PDS system was against the spirit of the scheme. State Food Secretary Ravinath Raman, in a statement, said that the Centre in a letter...
  • Nitish Kumar moots committee to sort out beneficiaries under NFSA August 6, 2014

    Senior JD(U) leaderNitish Kumaron Wednesday mooted setting up a national level committee to hammer problems in selection of beneficiaries for getting subsidised foodgrains under National Food Security Act (NFSA). "Everybody in the country should get food. An independent committee at national level to remove the problems in beneficiary selection under NFSA...
  • MP asks Centre to review order on bonus price for foodgrains July 31, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh has asked the Centre to review its directive that instructed state governments not to announce bonus over and above the minimum support price (MSP) on rice and wheat this year. Madhya Pradesh government has asked Centre to reconsider its directive, sources said. In a directive issued by the Union Food...
  • No shortage of foodgrains despite less rainfall: Ram Vilas Paswan June 30, 2014

    Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan assured here on Monday, that despite warnings of less rainfall predicted by the Met Department, there will not be any shortage of foodgrains in the country. "The government has enough stock of wheat and rice to meet foodgrain requirements of the country...
  • State government to construct 131 godowns for foodgrain storage January 9, 2014

    The state government today approved a proposal for construction of 131 godowns to increase foodgrain storage capacity by 5.50 lakh metric tonne in Bihar, a senior official said. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination) Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters. The...
  • Centre readies foodgrain supples for 'Phailin' cyclone victims October 12, 2013

    The Centre, on Saturday, said 5 lakh tonnes of foodgrains is kept ready for distribution to victims of high intensity cyclone Phailin, which is due to hit the east coast in the next few hours. "We are ready with 5 lakh tonnes of foodgrains for distribution to cycloneaffected people in Andhra...
  • Cabinet approves 50 lakh tonne grains for poor September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday approved an additional allocation of 50 lakh tonnes of foodgrain for below poverty line (BPL) families, said an official statement. According to the statement, the additional allocation will remain valid for lifting up to March 31, 2014 or till the National Food...
  • Bihar: 160 people killed, 5.4 million people affected by floods in 2013 September 3, 2013

    Patna: Around 160 people have died and 5.4 million affected due to floods in Bihar in 2013. The Disaster Management officials have pointed that as many as 20 districts in the state have been affected with the Ganga wreaking havoc in at least 10 of those. The Disaster Management Department...
  • Food Security Bill: Political game changer or economic catastrophe? August 27, 2013

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi's ambitious Food Security Bill on Monday night won the Lok Sabha vote after days of unruly scenes in Parliament. The Food Security Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha after Sonia Gandhi forcefully pushed the case. ...
  • The Last Word: Can India afford Food Bill or is it both too expensive and badly timed? August 27, 2013

    In a major victory for the UPA government, its flagship scheme the Food Security Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill, which seeks to provide cheap foodgrains to 82 crore people in the country, is the biggest programme in the world to fight hunger. ...
  • Haryana: 2.5 lakh wheat sacks left in the open to rot July 14, 2013

    Bhagola: One of the biggest open foodgrain storages, Bhagola, in Haryana has put a question mark on the government's claim that wheat can be stored in the open without any damage even during monsoons. The rain easily beats one of the most inefficiently managed open storages for wheat where 2.5...
  • Bhogola: Wheat sacks left in the open to rot July 12, 2013

    In Bhogola, the wheat sacks are kept in the open and are completely getting drenched in the rain. The ones that are covered with polythene sheets are also not protected as these sheets are torn at places. ...
  • Odisha: People say foodgrains are being washed away by rains July 12, 2013

    Even as the government pushes ahead with the Food Security Ordinance as its big election ticket, nothing has changed on the ground. ...
  • Food Security Bill has nothing to do with early polls: Ajay Maken July 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Ruling out the impression that the Food Security Ordinance is linked to early Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader and chief party spokesperson Ajay Maken said, "One should not connect Food Security Bill with early election." Expressing confidence that the Food Security Ordinance will improve the condition of the...
  • Is the Food Bill economically viable? July 3, 2013

    Despite opposition from key ally, NCP leader and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, the UPA government on Wednesday cleared the Food Security ordinance at a Cabinet meet. ...
  • Inadequate storage facilities lead to wastage of grains June 21, 2013

    New Delhi: There seems to be no end to the government's apathy to grains wastage. Around 7,000 quintals of wheat were left to rot in the rain in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh. The scarcity of godowns have led to the wastage of grains. As reported earlier, the grain wastage in...
  • Foodgrains left to rot in open in Punjab June 17, 2013

    Gurdaspur: The government might be trying hard to get its ambitious Food Bill passed in Parliament, but it is doing very little to improve storage infrastructure for foodgrains in the country. With the monsoon lashing the fertile state of Punjab, precious foodgrains are set to rot because of the...
  • India will achieve 254 MT foodgrain production: Pawar April 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said the country would meet the target of producing 254.23 million tonne foodgrain in 201213 despite drought in some parts of the country. India could not achieve the food production target in 200910 due to severe drought in many states. However, it had met...
  • Police officials arrested in Congress worker murder case March 25, 2013

    Narsinghpur: Three persons, including a police inspector and a head constable, have been arrested after a High Court directive in connection with the murder of a Congress worker in police firing in 2012, police said. Ambika Prasad Dube was killed allegedly in a police firing at Jhipani Dhana village following...
  • Food Bill may be passed in Budget session: Chidambaram March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday hoped the landmark Food Security Bill, to ensure the right to highly subsidised foodgrains to poor, would be passed in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament. The National Food Security Bill is a promise of the UPA government, he said while addressing the...
  • Centre wants poor to go hungry: Mamata Banerjee March 21, 2013

    Jhilimili/Kolkata: Lashing out at the central government for stopping allocation of additional foodgrain in backward areas and some targeted groups at cheap rates in the coming fiscal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her government would continue the schemes from its own resources. "We used to get additional...
  • Cabinet to meet today, likely to clear Food Security Bill March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: UPA II's most ambitious bill, the Food Bill, is a step closer to becoming law. The Cabinet is meeting amidst strong hopes that it will clear the Food Bill for passing in Parliament. The Congress believes the Food Bill, which was first tabled in 2011 will be a...
  • Govt revises Food Bill, sends to Law Ministry for vetting February 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Government has revised the Food bill and now proposes to give legal right to over 5 kg of foodgrains at Rs 13 per kg per month to about 70 per cent of the population as suggested by the Parliamentary panel, Food Minister KV Thomas said on Tuesday. A...
  • Karnataka food dept installs new ration system to avoid wastage of grains January 29, 2013

    Bangalore: Over the years, India has seen a criminal waste of food grains, but now the Karnataka food department is trying to ensure that doesn't happen any more. They now have a monitoring system in place. For a central Bangalore resident, Kausar Banu, there is renewed curiosity as she makes her...
  • 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...
  • Haryana: 80,000 sacks of wheat rot in the open May 22, 2012

    Palwal: Not just train mishaps but the last three years of UPA rule have also witnessed tonnes of foodgrain rotting away across the country while the poor starve. CNNIBN has been running a sustained campaign to highlight the issue. Now, it reveals how 80,000 sacks of wheat rotting in the...
  • Why is grain rotting in the open yet again? May 9, 2012

    The country is on the verge of record harvest, and yet for a third consecutive year, there is simply no space for storage. ...
  • Is the Punjab grain problem man made? May 9, 2012

    Chandigarh: It is not just a shortage of storage space that is the problem. In Punjab, investigations by CNNIBN reveal that space to store seven lakh tonnes of wheat grain has already been created by private godown owners and another five lakh tonnes space would be created in the next...
  • Haryana: Grain rots while poor starve May 9, 2012

    Palwal: CNNIBN had in June 2011 brought you the shocking story of grain rot, decay and decomposition in the Deoli village of Palwal district in Haryana. Shot during monsoons, the grain procured by HAFED and CONFED was infested with worms and exposed to rain. In May 2012, CNNIBN revisited the same...