Don’t Worry, Govt Ensures Food Security

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Don’t Worry, Govt Ensures Food Security

Buffer Stock Way Above Requirement For Welfare Schemes

The Government has intervened to check wheat price rise, say official sources.

NEW DELHI, Dec 15 (The CONNECT) – The Government has sufficient food grain stocks under Central Pool to meet the requirement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and its other welfare schemes as well as for additional allocation of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana or PMGKAY. About 159 lakh tonnes of wheat will be available by January 1, 2023 which is well above the buffer norm requirement of 138 LMT. As on 12.12.2022, around 182 LMT of Wheat is available in the Central Pool.

The Government is well aware of the price scenario of wheat and is constantly monitoring it regularly on weekly basis along with other commodities and taking corrective measures, as and when required, official sources said.

Proactive steps have been taken to ward off any further price rise and export regulations were imposed with effect from May 13. Further, the allocations under NFSA as well as PMGKAY have also been revised in favour of rice for having sufficient Wheat stock in Central Pool to cater to the requirements of Welfare Schemes.

The Centre has enhanced the MSP (minimum support price) of Wheat crop this year to Rs. 2125/qtl against the last year MSP of Rs. 2015/qtl for RMS (Rabi market season) 2022-23. Thus, increase in MSP of Rs. 110/qtl coupled with fairly good climatic conditions, it is expected that the production and procurement of Wheat during next season shall remain normal. Procurement of Wheat next season would commence from April 2023 and as per initial assessment there has been a fair increase in the sowing of Wheat crop as compared to last year.

Government of India has ensured that sufficient stock of food grains are available in the Central Pool to meet the requirement of all the Welfare Schemes across the country and prices remain under control.

Though procurement of Wheat during last season was on lower side due to lesser production coupled with selling by farmers at prices higher than MSP in the open market consequent to geo-political situation, yet enough stock of Wheat will still be available in Central Pool to cater to the needs of the country till the time next Wheat crop arrives.

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