New Delhi: Despite forming a consensus, the Union Government is yet to take a final decision on lifting the ban for wheat export.

Clearing the prevailing confusion over the issue, Union Minister (Independent Charge) of Food, Consumers Affairs and Public Distribution, KV Thomas said, “Though a declaration in this regard may be made in the next few days, but as of now the issue of wheat export still remains pending.”

The issue land in the thick of controversy as few days back, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had announced to lift the ban on wheat export. Sources opined that the decision has been delayed in wake of the low rates of foodgrains in the international market.

Thomas held a meeting with the largest wheat producer states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Orissa to discuss the higher production and states inadequate storage capacity. 

In the meeting, several claims claimed that Food Corporation of India (FCI) has failed to procure full quantity of wheat.

Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh called for the strengthening the transportation system in states for the timely arrival and dispatch of foodgrains.

The states have been directed to expand their storage capacity to 150 lakh tonnes by 2013.

(JPN/Bureau)