New Delhi: In order to sail through the crisis situation due to the mismanagement of foodgrains, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has urged the Centre for an assistance of Rs 35,000 crore.

The FCI has requested an immediate attention from the Centre for the maintenance of foodgrains that are stored in the godowns, for the payments of the arrears of the wheat procurement in the Rabi season and for the purchase of paddy in the current Kharif season.

According to a senior official of the Food Ministry, by keeping the needs of the FCI in mind, the proposal has been sent to the Finance Ministry, which is likely to be discussed in the meeting of the Cabinet meet on Economic affairs scheduled next week.

Due to less selling and purchase of foodgrains a mind boggling quantity of 6.5 crore ton of the foodgrains are being stored in the FCI’s godown, which is giving sleepless nights to the food corporation.

In the current financial year, Rs 60,084 crore has been allotted as food subsidy and Rs 12,845 crore has been allotted to the states which buy foodgrains on their own.

To add to its woes, the FCI already owes Rs 11,000 crore to the states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan which had purchased wheat in the Rabi season through the DCP (decentralised procurement, state procuring agencies).

JPN/ Bureau