Enough rice stock in Arunachal: Mosang

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR/NAHARLAGUN, Mar 25: There would be no crisis of essential commodities, particularly rice, staple food of Arunachalees, as enough stock is available within Arunachal Pradesh which joined 21-day nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, Food & Civil Supplies (F&CS) Minister Kamlung Mosang said.

While 26,000 MT of rice is in stock in 13 Food Corporation of India (FCI) godowns within the state, rice is also available in 23 districts across the said, he said while talking to this daily and expressed confidence about meeting all demands.

However, F&CS director Liyon Borang, when contacted, in confirmation said that the stock was enough for about four months as monthly requirement is about 7,461 MT.  Moreover, 42,838.02 quintals (Q) are available in 23 districts. The district-wise rice stock in quintals is: Tirap-187.5Q; Longidng-771; Changlang-2178; Lohit-109.53; Namsai- 676; Anjaw-400; Lower Dibang Valley-2818; Dibang Valley-161; Upper Siang-1862.9; Kamle-820; West Siang-630; Siang-1831.12; East Saing-5400; Upper Subansiri-1357; Lower Subansiri-3200; Kra Daadi- 950; Kurung Kumey-5134; Papum Pare- 1710; Capital Complex-  7091.07; East Kameng-4243; West Kameng-66; Tawang-30 and Lower Siang-1211.

The F&CS department offering essential service could transport rice to any part of the state by trucks as all fair price shops (FPSs) would remain open during the lockdown period and anyone facing any problem could contact him for redressal.

The department also procures kerosene oil while sugar could also be procured too if funded by the state government, he said, adding the rate has been rising exorbitantly with its factory rate Rs 35 per kg when the Centre would provide subsidy of  Rs 18.5 paise which would not be reasonable.

However, a junior officer interrupted to discuss and later Borang, when asked, clarified that a monitoring team headed by him has been constituted to keep track of rates various essential commodities to give feed back to the state government.

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