New Delhi: The central government has decided to provide financial assistance to the state governments for construction of new storage facility for food grains in rural areas.

The godowns will have proper arrangements to ensure safe storage of grains for atleast four months.

Earlier only the Agriculture Ministry had assumed the responsibility for storage and maintenance of buffer stocks in the state but now even the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution will also extend monetary help to state governments and private entities interested in setting up storage facility for food grains in the rural areas.

According to the ministry, if the plan is implemented properly, new godowns in rural areas will shed extra storage burden from food producing states like Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh. As immediately after the harvest these states are faced with storage burden.

“We have started trying to make this plan successful across the country. It will mitigate the storage burden of food-producing states,” said KV Thomas, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Under the scheme, every block has to set up godowns sufficient enough to store their allotted quota of grains for the Public Distribution System.

The scheme also has provision to pay rentals to the farmers who setup their godown.