Grains

  • Tonnes of food grain stored out in the open in Punjab July 17, 2014

    Chandigarh: If you have enough food grains, there is the problem of storing it. It is the same concern every year as tonnes of grains continue to be stored out in the open, rotting away. With the onset of monsoon, there's a fear that tonnes of grains will literally be...
  • 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 2014-15 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...
  • One killed as fire breaks out at grain mandi March 19, 2014

    One person was killed while grains worth several lakhs of rupees were gutted as a fire broke out at a grain mandi in the Highway police station area in Mathura district. The incident took place during the wee hours on Monday. "Exact loss is being ascertained. The charred body of a person...
  • Chhattisgarh govt to launch Rs 1/kg food grain scheme from January January 1, 2014

    Fulfilling its poll promise, Chief Minister Raman Singh-led 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...
  • 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...
  • Corruption leading to waste in food distribution programs: Official July 12, 2013

    Biraj Patnaik, principal adviser to the Food Commissioner appointed by the Supreme Court claimed that corruption is leading to waste in distribution programs. RTI responses available with CNN-IBN reveal that the government ignored the problem, with the then agriculture minister admitting it was beyond him to contain the loss. ...
  • 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. ...
  • UPA brings Food Security ordinance but grains still rotting in the open July 12, 2013

    New Delhi: While the Congress is pushing hard for the Food Security ordinance as its big election ticket for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, nothing has changed on the ground and the foodgrains are still rotting in the open. But Food Minister KV Thomas claimed that there is no rotting of...
  • Wheat storage continues to be a problem in Punjab, Haryana June 13, 2013

    The public distribution system remains in shambles with food grain rotting in several states. Wheat storage continues to be a major problem in Punjab and Haryana and fears are that foodgrain will be rotting in several states. ...
  • Congress eager for Food Security ordinance, grains rotting in many states June 14, 2013

    New Delhi: While the Congress is pushing hard for the Food Security ordinance, the Public Distribution System remains in shambles and foodgrains are still rotting in several states. CNN-IBN has been reporting on the crisis since 2010, following up ground reports with RTIs. In 2010, CNN-IBN had reported on grains...
  • 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. CNN-IBN 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...
  • National food security bill tabled in Parliament May 7, 2013

    New Delhi: A war of words broke out between the Congress and the opposition over the National Food Security Bill that the government tried its best to debate in the Lok Sabha and get passed on Monday. The opposition continued to disrupt the house over the coal blocks allocation issue...
  • 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...
  • Government to prioritise wheat exports March 6, 2013

    New Delhi: India will do everything it can to push record volumes of wheat onto the global market to cut massive stocks, a senior farm ministry official said on Wednesday, in a move that could hit shipments of other grains using rail and congested ports. The world's No 2 wheat...
  • 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...
  • India needs extra Rs 20,000 crore for food subsidies February 15, 2013

    New Delhi: India needs a 200 billion rupee top-up for its proposed food security bill, aimed at ensuring subsidised grain for the poor, Food Minister KV Thomas said on Thursday, even as the government is seeking deep spending cuts. The bill will be introduced in the budget session of Parliament which...
  • 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 Congress-led 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...
  • Bihar: Bank provides grains on loan to Dalit women November 30, 2012

    Paliganj: A bank with a difference provides grain on loan to poor Dalit women in Paliganj in Bihar. It saves them from the clutches of upper caste moneylenders. If a loan is required, the bank simply lends grain to the women. This unique idea has brought about a revolution among...
  • 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 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 worth Rs 50,000 crores...
  • Gadhchiroli: Rs 250 cr worth of rice rots for 2 years August 13, 2012

    New Delhi: A criminal wastage of food grain that could feed millions of starving people has being reported in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Rice worth Rs 250 crore was left to rot out in the open for over 2 years in Maharastra's Gadchriroli district. The Congress-led state government has blamed Union Agriculture...
  • Wheat worth Rs 3.5 cr damaged in rain in Vadodara August 12, 2012

    Vadodara: Over 3,000 quintals of wheat worth over Rs 3.5 crore was damaged due to rains over the last two days as local officials had failed to make proper storage arrangements, BJP MP Balkrishna Shukla said on Sunday. "Food Corporation of India and Central Warehousing Corporation had kept 3,000 quintals of...
  • Odisha: Slum dwellers dig up, eat rotten grain August 12, 2012

    Cuttack: Absolute, ravaging hunger has driven slum dwellers in Odisha to dig up wasted food grain by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and eat it for their survival. The 1,206 bags of PDS rice belonging to the FCI were supposed to feed empty stomachs. Instead, they lay rotting in...
  • 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: Grain rot continues amidst govt apathy July 5, 2012

    Kota: Even as the rest of the north of the country bears with an unforgiving summer season and a drought-like situation in many of its parts, in Rajasthan, grain rot continues and it is not a meager amount. Nearly Rs 2 crore worth of wheat still remains in the open. CNN-IBN...
  • Sharad Pawar is unreliable and fickle: Arjun Singh July 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Sharad Pawar is at the receiving end of late Congress veteran Arjun Singh who has accused him of being flip-flop, unreliable and fickle and wondered when the "final rupture" would take place between him and the Congress. Singh's criticism and his unfavourable assessment of the NCP chief has been...
  • 'Narasimha Rao was against Sonia as Cong chief' July 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Why should the Congress party be hitched to the Nehru-Gandhi family like train compartments to the engine was how the late PV Narasimha Rao reacted to the suggestion that Sonia Gandhi be made the Congress chief after the assassination of her husband Rajiv Gandhi in May, 1991. This has...