The Rajya Sabha could finally take up its first question on the last day of a tumultuous extended winter session, which saw the Telangana bill being passed amid bedlam on Thursday.
Answering a question on the storage facilities of food grains in the country, minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution K V Thomas said, “Not a single godown of FCI is giving space to anybody to store any product other than foodgrains. If any information is given about storing liquor stringent possible action will be taken.”
Thomas said central warehouses might be providing storage facilities to items other than foodgrains. To make the system transparent, advisory committees have been constituted in every state chaired by the senior most MP, he added. On insufficient storage facilities in FCI godowns, he said, “The capacity available is more than sufficient for storing central food stocks.”
The total requirement of foodgrains for implementing the National Food Security Act (NSFA) is estimated to be 612 lakh tonnes. The available storage capacity is more than required.