(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 20, 2009
AIKS Lambasts Govt For Grain Wastage
THE All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has expressed dismay over the criminal wastage of food grains due to the abysmal condition of storage facilities as well as the skeletal presence of FCI godowns. Although this is not a phenomenon that has emerged suddenly, the utter callousness and indifference of the central government to the demand of organisations like the AIKS to expand the procurement facilities and widen the network of modern storage facilities has once again been exposed. Seen in the context of an imminent fall in production of kharif crops due to faulty governmental policies, coupled with crop losses due to drought or floods in many parts of the country, this is extremely condemnable. The shameful negligence has caused rotting of tonnes of food grains and rendered it unfit for human consumption as well as for animals.
In a statement issued by its president S Ramachandran Pillai and general secretary K Varadha Rajan on September 12, the AIKS has reminded said the union agriculture minister�s admission on August 4, 2009 that 0.62 per cent of the country�s stock of wheat and rice was wasted in transit or due to poor storage facilities in the first two months of this financial year alone. Even setting aside the fact that often the government figures play down the losses and that the losses may be higher in reality, this would translate to a loss of 2.2 lakh metric tonnes of wheat and rice in the months of only April and May this year. In times of acute hunger and starvation in many parts and the reduced access to food grains due to the targeted public distribution system, (TDPS), such a situation only further accentuates the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition.
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