New Delhi: In a major initiative to implement the proposed Food Security Law effectively, the Central government on Saturday has decided to revamp the structure of Food Corporation of India with installing modern machines and enhancing the storage capacity.

Announcing the move, Union Minister of States for Food and Consumer Affairs KV Thomas told reporters that the government is going to construct additional foodgrains storage capacity and strengthen the FCI by digitalizing the system and recruiting young manpower.

“The number of old staff who are physically incompetent to carry out the work is high in the corporation. Hence, fresh recruitments of young bloods are highly required,” Thomas said.

Terming the overhauling organizational operations of FCI a big challenge, the Union Minister said the government has expedited its plane of restructuring the corporation and will try to remove all bottlenecks to ensure smooth supply of foodgrains through public distribution system.

Emphasizing upon the lowering of subsidies on foodgrains, Thomas said, “Wastage has to be brought down. Pilferage has to be stopped. Mechanisation is an effective way to counter such menaces. We plan to develop modern facilities such as a temperature control mechanism for storage of foodgrain.”

The Union Minister said that like China and other countries, India too needs to incorporate modern technology for food storage.

Notably, facing serious threat on their employment, the labour union is strictly opposing the government’s move to mechanize the godowns, transportation and storage methods of foodgrains.

JPN/Bureau