Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
18-February-2014 12:50 IST
Intermediate Storage for Storing Three Months Requirement of Foodgrains

The Government of India has been constantly requesting the States to create suitable capacities at the Block/Taluka level sufficient to stock at least three months requirement of foodgrains for their catchment.

It has been suggested that the States access financial resources under Grameen Bhandaran Yojana in which capital investment subsidy is provided for construction of rural godowns. Furthermore, the Government of India also provides Plan Funds as Grants-in-Aid to the State governments of the North Eastern Region and Jammu & Kashmir for constructing Intermediate Godowns. As on date Rs. 44.13 crore has been released against a total of 75 projects costing Rs. 71.05 crores, aimed at creating 78,055 MT of Intermediate Storage capacity in North Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir. The Government of India has also allowed the construction of intermediate godowns under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA). This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

Prof. Thomas said that the initiatives with respect to intermediate storage are to facilitate storage and uninterrupted and steady flow of foodgrains under National Food Security Act. The Government of India has facilitated the construction of intermediate Godowns under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) by effecting necessary amendments in the Act. Clause (xvc) has been inserted in Schedule I of the said Act and provides that modern and scientific Godowns can be constructed under MGNREGA for implementing the provisions of the National Food Security Act, 2013.