Aizawl: Mizoram is hopeful to have sufficient rice stock during monsoon or rainy season, officials of state food, civil supply and consumer affairs department said on Monday.
Food, civil supply and consumer affairs director Abhijit Vijayu Choudhury said adequate rice stock is almost achieved for the rainy season and only two or three godowns are yet to have a full stock.
He said that the government saved over Rs 16 crore after stoping purchase of rice on economic cause since September last year.
Officials of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state food, civil supply and consumer affairs department on Monday convened a meeting to deliberate about stock position and issues pertaining to civil supply in the state.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference after the meeting, the lone MP from Mizoram and chairman of State consultative Committee of FCI, Mizoram, Ronald SapaTlau said the current stock position in all respective depots is 12,045 metric ton (Mt) with Bairabi having the highest stock position at 4,189 Mt.
He said that the current stock position in Aizawl is 3,512 Mt, 1,384 Mt in Lunglei, 1,052 Mt in Lawngtlai, 1,001 Mt in Bualpui and Kolasib has the least stock position at 907 Mt.
He said that effort is on to have sufficient rice stock during rainy season so that public consumers don’t face inconvenience due to a shortage of food grains.
Tlau said that rice quality in FCI godowns are up to the mark and officials of FCI are conducting regular random checking on quality control.
He added that food grains is mainly imported from Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh through train and effort is on to hire trucks from outside Mizoram as the number of domestic truck is not sufficient to transport rice from godowns.
According to Tlau, FCI will soon shift its main godown at Ramrikawn on the outskirt of Aizawl to a land donated by food, civil supply and consumer affairs department in Sairang, about 21 km from here.
He said that an agreement has already been signed with the state government over a plot of land in Sairang, which would be handed over to FCI by next week.
“We will commence the construction of godowns in Sairang after the state government officially hand over to FCI,” he said.