Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar on Thursday slammed the central government for not taking action on report of rotting thousands of tonnes of food grains of the state-run godown at Karnal in Haryana.
In a statement issued here, Kumar, who is also head of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce, said that lakhs of people were starving and committing suicides due to hunger because of the poor management.
“The Centre should be blamed for the mismanagement of food grains stock,” Shanta said and added that two years ago, the committee had tabled a detailed report in Rajya Sabha on rotting food grains.
Referring to another report, Shanta said due to lack of adequate storage facilities, fruits, grains and vegetables worth `44,000 crore goes waste every year in India.
He said the committee in the report had recommended either selling good grains at low cost or distributing them free of cost before it got damaged in the godowns.
“The committee had further recommended that the godown officials should be made accountable for rotting of food grains and entire cost be recovered from their salaries,” Shanta said.
He said it was unfortunate that the government took no action on the report. “The committee will call a meeting very soon and will serve notice to the government seeking reply on why action was not taken on the report,” Shanta added.