The Food Corporation of India (FCI) on Wednesday stated that it supplied 11.80 lakh tonnes of food grains to Karnataka amid the COVID-19 lockdown. "From the start of lockdown, FCI has inducted 11 lakh tonnes of food grains through 405 trainloads," an FCI statement stated.
The 11.80 lakh tonnes of food grains also included 6 lakh tonnes of free grains worth Rs 2,340 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKAY).
Additionally, the Centre was also supplying the state 40,000 MT of food grains worth Rs 156 crore to freely distribute among migrant labourers during pandemic.
"The record induction and issue of food grains, especially under lockdown conditions was done by direct deliveries from wagons, continuous working on all days, extended working hours, attaching additional staff at depots and offices and maintaining regular sanitization and safety measures," the FCI stated.
FCI Chairman and Managing Director D. V. Prasad said FCI is fully ready to meet the requirements of the state. In Karnataka alone, FCI has handled 4.54 crore bags since the lockdown was hold down, which is double the quantity comparing normal operations.