Seepage spoils rice, wheat worth crores

MP pays surprise visit to Central Warehouse

A view of damaged rice bags in the Central Warehose in Mangalore. DH photo

He along with District BJP President Monappa Bhandary visited the warehouse following complaints from the neighbouring apartment blocks that the insects from the Central Warehouses are visible from their flats and they had also been invading the neighbouring areas. 

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Kateel said the stocks in the Warehouse included 78,349 bags of wheat (each bag weighs 50 kg) and 736 tonnes of rice (both boiled and white rice) dispatched from Punjab during 2007 and 2008. They were found spoiled by the pests. Some of the bags were wet owing to the leakage in the Warehouse. “I paid visit to the area following complaints from the residents that flies have increased in the region owing to the spraying of insecticide in the Warehouse. I did not had any intention to visit the Warehouse. However, when I asked the manager to open the godown, I saw spoilt grains there.”

  “The Central warehouse is full of mismanagement and lacks infrastructure. The wall of the building and compound are in a dilapidated condition. The foodgrains stored in the Centre is unfit for human consumption. The Warehouse also lacks adequate ventilation,” he observed.

The compound of the Warehouse is filled with grass grown everywhere. The warehouse is not maintained properly. There is no proper channel for the flow of water inside the premises, he added. The stock of grains in the Warehouse was meant for supplying to ration shops and for usage during contingencies. The dispatch of these grains in the Warehouse is being done very slowly, he added.

“I do not blame the officials of the Central Warehouse for its poor maintenance. It is impossible to store such a huge stock without proper facilities. The Central government should immediately shift the grains which are in good condition to the drought hit areas,” he suggested.

“The Warehouse comes under the Central government. As a result, the State government has no hold over it. We have already informed the matter to Food and Civil Supplies Minister Halappa,” he said and added: “I will also take up the matter with the officials concerned and ministers at the Centre.”

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