As much as 1,94,502 metric tonnes of food grain worth crores of rupees was wasted in India due to various reasons between 2005 and March 2013.
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has given this information in reply to an RTI query sought by a city-based activist Om Prakash Sharma.
He had filed an RTI query last month and sought information about the food grain wastage in India, which he got on Tuesday.
The reply provided details of the region-wise and commodity wise stock accrued as non issuable (damaged) for each of the years separately for the 23 regions in the country.
The damaged stock which stood at 95,075 MT in 2005-06 came down to 3,148 MT in 2012-13. The wastage was at 25,353 MT in 2006-07, 4,426 MT in 2007-08, and 20,114 MT in 2008-09, the report said.
It also said that of the damaged stock, around 84 per cent (1,63,576 MT) was rice and 14 per cent wheat (26,543 MT).
Punjab with a total damage stock of 98,200 MT recorded 50 per cent of the total damages, while Maharashtra recorded a total of 20,067 MT of damaged stock, accounting for 10 per cent of the total loss, the report added.
Talking over the issue, Mr. Sharma expressed concern over the government’s inability to curb wastage of food grain in the country.
“At a time, when so many people die of hunger in the country, there is so much of wastage of food grain taking place. Those responsible for this loss should be punished,” Mr. Sharma said.