Assam food & civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury (second from left) briefing media in Guwahati on Wednesday
Assam food & civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury (second from left) briefing media in Guwahati on Wednesday|EastMojo image
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Enough food items to last through COVID19 lockdown: Assam minister

Several trucks carrying potatoes & onions, which are stuck along Bengal border, to be released after screening, says food & civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury

Oineetom Ojah

Guwahati: Assam food and civil supplies minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury on Wednesday assured that the state has enough food grains and food items in stock to sustain the 21 days lockdown period.

Addressing a press conference, Choudhury said that in the next three days, the state will step in and take measures against anyone indulging in hoarding or hiking price.

Giving stock of food grains in the state, he said 2 lakh quintals of rice, 63,056 quintals of masoor dal, 10,980 quintals of moong dal, 75,552 quintals of sugar and 56,317 tins of mustard oil are available. Also, salt, flour, potato and onions are in sufficient quantity.

He said there are several trucks carrying potatoes and onions which are stuck along Assam-West Bengal border. The state government is in talks with the West Bengal government and the government of India. After due health screening, the trucks will be released in the next couple of days.

The food & civil supplies minister said that health protocols may delay the movement of such trucks "but there is no need to panic. The state has enough stock to last at least three months".

Choudhury said that for those areas where there are no grocery shops, home delivery of food and provisions is being explored. This might take a few days to start, he added.

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