The government is planning to construct foodgrain storage
capacity of 151 lakh tons in 19 states, said Minister of Consumer
Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas informed the
"To strengthen the functional areas, like Quality Control,
Storage etc., the Government carried out the organizational
restructuring of FCI in the year 2010. Further to reduce the
storage under Cover and Plinth (
), the Government formulated a Scheme for construction of storage
godowns through private entrepreneurs, Central Warehousing
Corporation (CWC) and State Warehousing Corporations (SWCs),"
said the Minister.
"Out of this tenders have been finalized for creation of
storage capacity of about 89 lakh tonnes as on 15.02.2012 by the
private entrepreneurs. CWC and SWCs are constructing 5.4 and
14.75 lakh tonnes respectively under the Scheme, out of which a
capacity of about 5 lakh tonnes has already been completed by
CWC/SWCs," the minister said in a written reply.
Under the scheme, the Food Corporation of India would give a
guarantee of ten years for assured hiring to the private
entrepreneurs, he added.
Stating the steps taken by FCI to prevent food grain damage,
the Minister said, "Prophylactic and curative measures are
carried out regularly for the control of insects/pests. Effective
rodent control measures are also undertaken. Regular quality
checks are conducted to ensure proper preservation of foodgrains
in storage. Adequate dunnage is provided for the foodgrain stocks
stored in CAP."