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Bihar self-sufficient in foodgrains: Shyam Rajak

Bihar self-sufficient in foodgrains: Shyam Rajak
TNN | Apr 17, 2012, 05.51AM IST
PATNA: Food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak on Monday said that Bihar has almost attained the distinction of being one of the frontline foodgrains producing states like Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh with record agriculture production and procurement of 22 lakh metric tonnes(MT) of paddy to meet its foodgrains requirement.

Rajak told the media here that his ministry has asked the Food Corporation of India (FCI) not to bring rice from other states to Bihar as the state has reached the capacity of supplying foodgrains to the BPL families and also those covered under Antyodaya programme. Bihar has surplus rice due to record paddy production, he said. The minister said that wheat procurement in the state after this rabi season is expected to reach 15 lakh MT and this would help the state in meeting the foodgrains requirement for distribution through the public distribution system (PDS) to the BPL families and those covered under Antyodaya programme.
Principal secretary, food and consumer protection, Shishir Kumar Sinha said that the FCI used to supply 220 rakes of grain, each rake carrying 2,600 MT grains, which has been now stopped totally after record paddy production and possibility of record wheat production.
Rajak said 307 computer assistants would be appointed within a week to maintain data and record of receipt and supply of foodgrains to the 307 existing godowns of the State Food Corporation (SFC). Providing the business process outsourcing ( BPO) for this, the Tata Consultancy Service ( TCS) will install the main server at the state headquarters here and maintain the SMS service

through mobile phones to ascertain receipt and supply of foodgrains at the godowns.He said that mobile phone numbers of the supply officials

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