Food grains being transported through sea route within the country:Govt

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,19:11 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The Union Government has decided to  transport food grains through sea route within the country.
The decision to transport food grains through sea/riverine route has been taken to explore an alternate mode of transportation other than rail and road to North East and Kerala.    This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
The Minister said that starting from January 15 this year, Food Corporation of India has already  started transportation of food grains from Andhra Pradesh to Kerala through sea route  and 33,593 MT of food  grains has been dispatched for various depots of Kerala till date.
He said that FCI has also taken steps for movement  of 10,000 MT of food grains from Andhra Pradesh to Tripura via Ashuganj port of Bangladesh through Indo-Bangla protocol route. Movement of food grains on this route has commenced and first ship has sailed from Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Patil said that movement of food grains through sea and riverine route is helping FCI in augmenting supply to different remote-located parts of the country.