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Food Ministry teams rushed to cyclone-hit coastal areas of Odisha

Union Food and Consumer Affairs Secretary Sudhir Kumar reviewed the availability of foodgrains in the godowns of coastal areas yesterday evening. He directed senior officials to immediately rush to Odisha to consult the State Government about their foodgrains requirement and issue foodgrains immediately for distribution under PDS.

In view of the reported damage to FCI and State Warehousing Corporation (SWC) godowns at Jagannathpur and CWC godown at Berhampur, he instructed that before the issue of foodgrain stocks, it should be ensured that quality of foodgrain is usable.

He directed FCI to get quality control report prepared about the damaged stocks and based on the needs of State Government, arrangements should be made to supply foodgrains to the states from other godowns.

The Food Secretary also asked FCI and CWC as well as SWC to undertake repairs of the godowns on urgent basis and reconstruct the sheds which have got totally damaged.

Due to Phailin FCI Godown at Jagannathpur, with foodgrain stock of 13,888 MT, has suffered partial damage. Roof and wall of one of the sheds have been damaged and some stocks have got wet. SWC godown at the Jagannathpur has also damaged partially. At Behrampur also, three sheds of CWC godown have damaged. The godown is having foodgrain stock of 38,181 MT.

On the directions of the ministry, CMD, SWC and senior officers of FCI have reached the affected areas.

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