Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
23-November-2010 15:51 IST
Grain Storage Capacity being Enhanced through Private Sector Participation
The Government has formulated a scheme for construction of storage godowns through private entrepreneurs to create additional storage capacity. Under the scheme, the Food Corporation of India would give a guarantee of ten years for assured hiring. A capacity of about 150 lakh tonnes is to be created under the scheme through private entrepreneurs and Central and State Warehousing Corporations (CWC and SWCs) in 19 States.

Out of the capacities sanctioned tenders have been invited in 15 States and so far offers have been received for about 103 lakh tonnes. Under the scheme the Private entrepreneur is expected to complete construction of godowns with Railway siding within 2 years of finalization of agreement and within 1 year in case of non-railway siding godowns.

CWC and SWCs are constructing about 17 lakh tonnes on their own lands under the Scheme. Out of this, 0.97 lakh tonnes has already been completed and about 3.08 lakh tonnes would be completed by March, 2011.

Further, in the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the Planning Commission has sanctioned Rs. 149 crores for construction of storage godowns by FCI and the State Governments to which funds are released as grants-in-aid. This would result in the construction of about 1.88 lakh tonnes of storage capacity. The General Managers (Region) of FCI have also been given full powers for hiring of private godowns for short term usage.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

MP:CP:grain (23.11.2010)