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Punjab dispatched 4.5 lakh MT foodgrains from state after resumption of trains

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | November 27, 2020 03:49 PM

PATIALA: With dispatch of over 4.5 lakh MT foodgrains from state godowns to central pool after resumption of trains, has not only brought a smile on the withered faces of the labourers, but also provided business avenues to the truck operators.

Divulging details, Director Food and Supplies, Punjab, Mrs. Anindita Mitra said that moving of stored grains to other states was need of the hour to make space for the milled rice of the current paddy procurement season.

Giving details of the rakes made available by the FCI after resumption of freight trains, Mrs. Mitra said that as many as 127 rakes had been loaded by the previous day besides 50 more rakes would be loaded by evening today.

Out of these special trains made available for foodgrains dispatch, 153 were of rice while 39 of wheat. As many as 4.5 lakh tonnes of foodgrains have so far been moved out from Punjab to other states, which would help in making storage space for procurement made during the current paddy season, she further added.

Similarly, District Food and Civil Supplies Controller Mr. Harsharanjit Singh Brar, disclosed that so far
16. 27 MT paddy has been procured in the district during this season, for which storage space was necessary after milling. He said that with the commencement of rail operations, 7860 MT of rice has been sent in three rakes on November 24 from Patiala, Rajpura and Nabha. He added that till now, around 13, 100 MT foodgrains have been dispatched through railways from Patiala district. Similarly, loading from Samana is reaching Patiala and one load is running from Nabha. While a load of wheat will also be dispatched from Rajpura.

According to an official of the FCI, the district has a storage capacity of 20 to 25 lakh MT of foodgrains and now with the resumption of freight trains, it will also be lifted.
A labourer, Ram Parsad Yadav who belongs to Bihar and migrated here for better future while expressing happiness over the restoration of goods trains, said that starting of loading grains to the trains, has given them a good employment and they were working hard to get maximum benefit from this job. A truck operator Avtar Singh who has been pushed into the job of transportation of foodgrains from godowns said that resumption of trains have brought cheers for them as they were in a fix, a few days back, due to non-operationalisation of freight trains as it was setting back to their trucking business.

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