Bishnupur: The farmers in the state have expressed satisfaction as one of their long-pending demands have been fulfilled following the inauguration of a food storage depot with a capacity of 4,600 metric tonnes in Manipur’s Bishnupur district recently.
Thanking the government for such an initiative, a section of the farmers have also requested the state government to carry on such development activities in future as well.
“We are very happy that we have got this food storage depot in our district. This much-needed storage facility will not only enhance the quality of the life of the general public but will also address space issues during the rice and wheat procurement seasons,” some of the farmers told EastMojo.
Following the inauguration of the food storage depot recently, the Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) will now have a total of eight such facilities in Manipur, including one hired by the state government and one each in the hill districts of Ukhrul and Senapati.
Earlier on Saturday, Union minister for consumer affairs, food & public distribution Ram Vilas Paswan dedicated the new food storage to people of Bishnupur district. The foundation stone of the food storage was laid in 2015.
In his speech, Paswan assured the farmers to set up FCI godowns in each district of the state to ease the life of the people. The Union minister also informed that the FCI has already created food storage facilities in three locations in the state this year, including Thoubal, Imphal East and Bishnupur with a capacity to store the food grains of over 17,000 MT.
Another such depot is soon to launch in Churachandpur district, whereas Pherzawl and Tamenglong districts are under process in identifying the lands to set up the godowns, it said.
Manipur, which often faced food shortage owing to inclement weather during monsoon season, such facility with adequate storage space will be in a better situation for stakeholders to tackle even in such crisis.
During his visit, Paswan also chaired a review meeting with state consumer affairs and revenue minister Karam Shyam and regional FCI officials on FCI operations, PDS computerisation, procurement, storage and distribution of foodgrains.
Moreover, the Union minister also advised the state government to accelerate the process of computerisation of PDS operations and integrate the software of FCI and state government at the earliest.
According to reports, so far, there are 5,79,870 households of the state are enrolled under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and the monthly allocation of NFSA rice for the state is 131632.45 quintals. And with the introduction of such sophisticated system, it is believed to to eradicate the malpractice of manipulation and deprivation of NFSA rice by agents and vested persons.
Meanwhile, the FCI has also implemented Depot Online System in most of its depots in the Northeast region.