Punjab surplus wheat to Pak, Afghanistan
Centre rejects Punjab’s request to send surplus wheat stock to Pak, Afghanistan
Chandigarh, December 5
The Centre, it is learnt, has rejected the request of the Punjab government to allow it to export surplus wheat stock to Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide storage space for paddy through the Attari border.
Expressing the dire need for storage space, food and supply minister Adesh Partak Singh Kairon has requested the Centre to either move wheat stocks out of Punjab or allow exports. With the Food Corporation of India (FCI) unwilling to move its buffer stocks of wheat, Punjab says it has inadequate storage space for paddy.
At present, Punjab has wheat stocks amounting to 95.22 lakh metric tonnes (MT), besides having old rice stocks from previous years amounting to 4.91 lakh MT. With the FCI moving only 2 to 4 lakh MT of grain out of Punjab, the state sees a huge storage problem in the coming days. The railway ministry despite assurances has failed to provide extra wagons to move stocks out of Punjab. The FCI has been dilly-dallying on the issue of hiring private storage space with the Central office asking the FCI, Punjab, to initiate the hiring process. But in the absence of any guideline and policy to do so, the local FCI office has expressed inability to invite quotations for hiring space.
IF THERE IS ENOUGH OF WHEAT AND RICE THEN WHY PRICES ARE STILL HIGH IN PUNJAB.
PRIVATE COMPANY PAY TO FARMERS
FOR BASMATI 20 TO 35 RS PER KG AND EXPORTED AT 80 TO 135 PER KG.
WHO IS MAKING MONEY.