Chandigarh: The Punjab assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution on problems being faced pertaining to the storage of foodgrains in the state.

The resolution requested the state government to take up the issue of storage of foodgrains and its movement with the Centre.

The Congress and SAD-BJP levelled allegations blaming each other for the lack of space for storing foodgrains and the situation that was being faced. Punjab faces a shortage of storing around 70 lakh tonne of foodgrains.

The resolution was discussed amidst thin attendance in the house.

Punjab Food and Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon said in 2007-08 several letters were written to the Centre about the lack of space for storing foodgrains.

The problem had not cropped up suddenly, rather it kept increasing over the years, Kairon said. He said while the Congress was in power, no demands to increase the storage capacity were sent to the Centre.

He also said no warehouse was constructed during the tenure of the Congress. Kairon said there was a shortage of gunny bags for packing the food grains. Several MLAs gave their opinion on the issue during the discussion. Deep Malhotra of SAD-BJP said food processing industry should be set up in Punjab.

He said while there were 3,500-4,000 shellers, rice was not delivered. The need for constructing more warehouses was taken up so that more foodgrains could be stored, he added.


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