Food Corporation of India Current Affairs - 2020

Food Corporation of India sets record: Movement of 1.93 lakh tonnes of grains in one day

The Food Corporation has made sure that there is no disruption in the supply of essential goods to the citizens since the lock down. Abiding to its determined goal of serving the citizens, the FCI has set a new record. It has moved about 1.93 lakh tonnes of food grains in a single day on April 3, 2020

Highlights

The FCI had moved 1.41 lakh tonnes of food grains during the 12 days since the beginning of lock down. Of the total food grains transported during this period, 46% were from Punjab.  Following Punjab, food grains were also transported from Haryana, Telangana, Chhattisgarh. Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

Current Scenario

In order to meet the requirements of National Food Security Act, the FCI is providing wheat and rice directly. The usual E-Auction route has currently been put on hold. This is being done to ensure there is continuous supply of food grains in the market. The GoI is supplying FCI delivered food grains through Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana.

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Food Corporation of India conducts E-Auction to meet goals of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

On April 2, 2020, the Food Corporation of India is to conduct Open Market Sales Scheme to ease the supply of Food Grains in the market. This is being done to ensure uninterrupted supply of rice and wheat in the country during the lock down period

Highlights

The Food Corporation of India operating under Ministry of Consumer Affairs is ensuring that the additional 5 kg per person to be included in the Public Distribution System under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana reaches on time. So far, the FCI has released 1.48 lakh metri tonnes of food grain from its stocks. This includes both rice and wheat.

The FCI holds 56.75 million metric tonnes of food grains. This includes 26.06 million metric tonnes of wheat and 30.7 million metric tonnes of rice.

Open Auction

Usually under the National Food Security Act 5 kg of rice or wheat is allocated per month. The launch of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana increased this. In order to ease the supply constraint in the market, FCI has opened the open auction scheme. This will also help in supplying wheat to state governments and also to the empanelled flour mills.

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