Centre will be setting up godowns with an additional capacity of 5.4 lakh tonnes to stock foodgrains in the Northeast region.

Steps have been taken by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution for construction of godowns in the North Eastern Region with a cost of Rs 568.17 crore to stock foodgrains in the region and aid speedy movement of foodgrains from procuring States to distribution centres, an official statement here said.

“An additional new capacity of 5.4 lakh tonnes is proposed to be created in the North Eastern states under a special plan scheme. This will ensure that at least four months’ stocks are kept in the NE States at any point of time”, it said.

Instructions have also been given to FCI that its depots in various States in the country should have adequate quantity of stocks for being utilized by the State governments. For this purpose, optimum movement of foodgrains to different States, particularly to the deficit States is being ensured, the statement said.

Central officials are in constant touch with Railway authorities to ensure timely movement of foodgrains to consuming/deficit States and to also free up storage space in the surplus States.