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No dearth of foodgrains for PDS: Sharad Pawar
New Delhi, Nov 24 (AGENCIES):
Published on 25 Nov. 2009 12:12 AM IST
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Allaying fears of acute shortage of foodgrains that could disrupt Public Distribution System programme, the government today said the stock position of both wheat and rice was much more than required buffer norm. According to the Indian Express, as per the current stock position, availability of wheat stands at 300 lakh tonnes against the buffer norm of 162 lakh tonnes, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour. Similarly, rice stock is 172.11 lakh tonnes while buffer norm is 52 lakh tonnes, the minister said. “There is no shortage of foodgrains for the PDS as well as for other welfare schemes like Mid-Day meal. Ample rice and wheat is available. This was possible because of very good crop last year,” he said. But, the real worry is about open market availability. As the paddy crop has been less by 15 million tonnes this year so far as 299 districts went without water due to no rainfall and to ensure that prices remain under control, the government has taken several measures including banning export and liberalising imports of foodgrains.

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