Foodgrain

  • State government to construct 131 godowns for foodgrain storage 09-01-2014 12:13 AM

    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...
  • Centre readies foodgrain supples for 'Phailin' cyclone victims 12-10-2013 05:23 PM

    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 cyclone-affected people in...
  • Cabinet approves 50 lakh tonne grains for poor 12-09-2013 07:52 PM

    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...
  • Bihar: 160 people killed, 5.4 million people affected by floods in 2013 03-09-2013 10:38 AM

    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? 27-08-2013 11:37 PM

    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? 27-08-2013 10:27 PM

    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 14-07-2013 08:20 AM

    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 12-07-2013 04:09 PM

    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 12-07-2013 03:07 PM

    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 04-07-2013 06:45 PM

    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...
  • Is the Food Bill economically viable? 03-07-2013 11:00 PM

    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 21-06-2013 09:50 AM

    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...
  • Foodgrains left to rot in open in Punjab 17-06-2013 10:24 AM

    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 lack...
  • India will achieve 254 MT foodgrain production: Pawar 24-04-2013 03:47 AM

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday said the country would meet the target of producing 254.23 million tonne foodgrain in 2012-13 despite drought in some parts of the country. India could not achieve the food production target in 2009-10 due to severe drought in many states. However, it had met...
  • Police officials arrested in Congress worker murder case 25-03-2013 12:50 AM

    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...
  • Over 7 lakh tonnes of foodgrain damaged 21-12-2011 02:33 PM

    Thane: While the Food Security Bill is expected to be tabled in the Parliament soon, it has come to light that as much as 7.42 lakh tonnes of foodgrain, worth Rs 330.71 crore, was damaged in the past 10 years in the country due to various reasons. The Food Corporation...
  • Grain rot: Food Minister KV Thomas promises action 11-08-2011 08:56 AM

    Two days after CNN-IBN's report on the grain rot, Food minister KV Thomas takes responsibility and promises action. ...
  • Foodgrain left to decay in Haryana 09-08-2011 08:54 AM

    New Delhi: Thousands of tonnes of foodgrain is in a shocking state of decay in Haryana, while the rest is vulnerable to damage. It has been left to rot in the mandis of Haryana, just 60 kilometers away from New Delhi. Foodgrain has been kept in a shocking state of...
  • High procurement cost causes price hike: Pranab 17-07-2011 11:04 PM

    Kolkata: Attributing rising prices to increase in procurement costs, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the Centre was trying to control food inflation. "Foodgrain prices have increased due to escalating procurement prices," Pranab told. Mukherjee, however, said the production of pulses has increased. Pranab pointed out that high procurement...
  • Govt saves rent on storage, leaves grain to rot 30-06-2011 10:47 PM

    Ludhiana: Tens of thousands of bags of rice have gone up in smoke and continue to smolder and burn in Khamano near Ludhiana. Spread over two kilometers all the grain has been lying in the open for the last five years. A similar story was there in Fatehgarh Sahib, where...
  • '59 pc of PDS grain do not reach households' 18-05-2011 06:36 PM

    New Delhi: Despite India spending over two per cent of GDP in social protection schemes, their returns in terms of poverty reduction are yet to reach full potential, a World Bank report has said, pointing to "high leakages" in PDS and "uneven implementation" of MNREGA across states. The report, the...
  • RTI reveals FCI's apathy in storing foodgrains 23-11-2010 10:57 AM

    New Delhi: One third of India's food reserves dumped on raised platforms, some covered with polythene, the rest uncovered and visibly wasting away. For the untrained eye this was plainly an unscientific and irresponsible method of storing foodgrain. But the government kept saying that this was purely an "indigenous" method...
  • 'India needs to fix governance structures' 11-09-2010 08:32 PM

    Free mobile phones to the poor instead of foodgrains. In such a scenario, what are the key challenges India needs to deal with? ...
  • Should Pawar take responsibility for rotting foodgrains? 31-08-2010 11:03 PM

    On India at 9, CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to a panel of experts on the issue. ...
  • Food inflation down at 10.35 pc in Aug first week 19-08-2010 01:20 PM

    New Delhi: Annual food inflation fell to 10.35 per cent for the week ended August 7 as prices of vegetables, specially potato and onion, declined. Food inflation, which was 11.40 per cent for the week ended on July 31, is in double digits for the second consecutive week, after it...