New Delhi: Gearing up its effort to save wheat from rotting, the Union Food Ministry has sought help from Railways for keeping the grains in godown before arrival of Monsoon. A high level committee will be formed in this regard.

Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs KV Thomas has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene the matter. He has prepared a plan to dispatch the wheat kept in open in Punjab and Haryana and other states as well.

Keeping the Food Security Bill in view, the government has taken this step. The draft of the proposed scheme has been sent to the PM mention the role of Railways, Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state governments in this context.

A high level committee will be constituted for establishing coordination between state governments, Railways and Food Ministry.
The committee will ensure storage of grains along with its transportation across the country and monitor the delivery of grains to the consumers.

The Railway Board Chairman, Food Secretary and FCI Chairman are expected to be part of the proposed Committee. In line with the national committee, the state committees will also be formed in which food secretaries of states, executing directors of FCI and regional managers of Railway will be included.

The national committee will monitor the delivery of grain to the northern states and its storage, while the state level committees will help in the storage of grain at the district headquarters.

JPN/Bureau