NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday said there is ample availability of foodgrains to meet any exigencies and there will be crackdown on traders or businessmen who would try to profiteer during this crisis. Union minister food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan also said that 75 crore beneficiaries under the public distribution system will be allowed to lift their quota of subsidised foodgrains for six months in one go.
“There is no shortage of foodgrains with the Food Corporation of India. States have been asked to distribute six-month quota of grains to the beneficiaries in one go,” Paswan said. He also told reporters that the government is keeping vigil on the prices of essential commodities and action would be taken against anyone who tries to exploit the situation,” he added.
The decision to provide advance foodgrain has been taken to ensure people don’t face any shortage of supply. This will also reduce the pressure on central storage of the foodgrains. The government has surplus foodgrains of 435 lakh tonne as of now, of which 272.19 lakh tonne is rice and 162.79 lakh tonne is wheat.