Punjab Grains Procurement Corporation (Pungrain), the nodal agency for wheat procurement in Punjab, told the high court on Thursday that it had offered three godowns constructed by private entrepreneurs to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for storage of wheat.
It also assured the court that it would offer four more godowns to the FCI within two days and all the remaining 20 godowns would be handed over to the central procurement agency within two weeks.
The assurance was made during the hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Bhola Singh of Mansa district seeking directions to Pungrain and FCI to shift stocks of the current wheat crop into 27 godowns, constructed under the seven-year guarantee scheme of 2008 at various places in Punjab.
Pungrain's counsel told the division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh that it had invited tenders for supply of labour and security for the supervision of godowns, which would take a week for finalisation. On this, the bench disposed of the petition.