Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ensuring an uninterrupted supply of wheat and rice throughout the country during the lockdown period. FCI is fully prepared to meet not only the food grain requirement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) at a price of 5kg per month per beneficiary but also any additional demand including the supply of 5Kg per person for next three months to 81.35 crore people under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana. According to the press statement released by FCI, as on 1 April 2020, FCI has 56.4 million metric tons (MMT) of Food Grains (30.54 MMT Rice and 25.86 MMT Wheat).
Even in this challenging operational environment, FCI can meet the increasing demand for food grains by gearing up the pace of supply of wheat and rice throughout the country, mostly by Rail. A total of 58 rakes are being loaded today that is on 2 April 2020, carrying about 1.62 lakh metric tons (LMT) food grain stock. Since the day of lockdown that is 24 March, 2020 FCI has moved 410 rakes carrying an approximate quantity of 11.48 LMT.
FCI is conducting e-auctions under Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) for providing wheat to the impanelled roller flour mills or State Government to ease the supply constraint in the market. In the last e-auction held on 31 March 2020, bids for 1.44 LMT wheat have been received.
In view of the outbreak of COVID-19, apart from regular e-auction, district magistrates or collectors have been authorized to lift directly from FCI depots at OMSS reserve price to cater to the needs of roller flour mills and other wheat product manufactures. Till now, 96736 MT wheat has been allotted.
Further, eAuction for rice is also conducted. In the last eAuction on 31 March 2020, bids for 77000 MT rice have been received from the state of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, J&K, and others.
In addition, considering the emergent situation, States have been allowed to take rice under OMSS for Rs 22.50 kg without participating in eAuction to meet any requirement over and above the NFSA allotment and additional allocation done under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana Allocation. So far, 93387 Metric Tonnes (MT) Rice has been allotted to the following six states, including Telangana, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Goa, and Arunachal Pradesh based on their requests.