After the Food Security Bill was passed in Lok Sabha, the divisional administration has begun its work to ensure proper storage of food grains in order to fulfill the needs of the beneficiaries across five districts including Pune. The Divisional Food and Civil Supply office has decided to build as many as 29 godowns in the five districts - Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur - to store food grains.
The construction work for the godowns is already underway and the five godowns together can store up to 1.10 lakh metric tonnes of grains. This would add to the existing capacity of 1 lakh metric ton.
“We sent 52 proposals to the state government requesting the need for new godowns in the five district out of which 38 proposals were approved by state government and accordingly the construction is on for 29 godowns,” said the Divisional Additional Commissioner (Supply) Prakash Kadam. The state government has sanctioned Rs 38 crore for the construction of these godowns.
“Each godown can store 1800 to 3000 metric ton of grains and is built using technique that would keep rodents from entering the premises. The construction of all the 29 godowns would by completed by March next year,” added Kadam. Kadam added that apart from the construction of the godowns, the inspection of existing godowns was also conducted and necessary changes would be made for safe storage of food grains.
“Presently, the division caters to 48 lakh ration card holders under three categories – White, yellow and orange. However, for smooth functioning of this ambitious bill, the beneficiaries would be re-identified and would be categorized according to priority - the beneficiaries of central government’s Antyoday Anna Yojana and the people below poverty line and non-priority card for the people with an annual income between 25,000 to 1 lakh,” said Kadam.
Priority beneficiaries would be given 35 kg of food grain and non-priority beneficiaries would be given 25 kg of food grains per month.
Rs 3/kg Rice
Rs 2/kg Wheat
Rs 1/kg Jowar/Bajra
Rate of grains under Food Security Billl