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Launch food-for-work scheme to use surplus foodgrains: Kisan Sabha tells Centre

The govt, saddled with huge surplus shares of grains, ought to start a food-for-operate programme to just take grains to the needy relatively than allowing for them to rot in godowns, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) reported in a statement on Wednesday.

On June one, the Food items Company of India (FCI) experienced 10.4 crore tonnes of foodgrains. Hardly ever right before has the govt stored these a large quantity of foodgrains. This is 8.33 crore tonnes in excessive of what the govt desires for operational and crisis requirements, AIKS, the CPI(M)-backed farmer organisation, reported.

The unwillingness of the BJP govt to use the grain for public distribution is the primary trigger of this construct-up of shares, the farmer organisation alleged. Such a huge construct-up of foodgrains adversely influences farmers as it works to depress selling prices in the open up current market, where a huge the vast majority of farmers has to market their crops in the absence of public procurement amenities. Alongside with this, the FCI has been pressured to incur a large amount of expenditure on maintaining the grains, further more raising the financial cost of the grains.

“It is criminal to hoard these a large quantity of grains for the duration of a crisis these as the current, when starvation and food insecurity have an effect on a huge the vast majority of people in India. It is utter callousness that as a substitute of opening its granaries for feeding the hungry, the BJP-led Central govt is hoarding grain and depriving people of food,” it reported.

“This grain belongs to the people and the surplus need to be dispersed free of cost to all needy and the govt ought to run (a) food-for-operate programme with it to create work,” AIKS reported.

It also demanded instant extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana for the total yr, universalisation of the provision of subsidised grains and use of foodstocks to massively broaden work chances by means of the Mahatma Gandhi Countrywide Rural Work Assure Plan.

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June 24, 2020

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