FCI refutes report published in Scroll Online News Portal; denies wastage of food grain

The Food Corporation of India, FCI has refuted a report published in Scroll online news portal saying that India let 65 lakh metric tonnes of grain go to waste in four months even as the poor went hungry.

In a letter, FCI said, that the portal is giving completely wrong information to the public. FCI said, there has been a gross misinterpretation by publishing an imaginary figure of 71.8 lakh metric tonnes as wasted stocks, when the actual quantity of food grains stocks that became damaged during the year 2019-20 is just one thousand 930 metric tonnes that too largely due to natural calamities like floods.

The PIB Fact check handle also tweeted that the article interpreted the stock in transit as stock being waster. FCI clarified that stocks in Mandi and stock in transit are absolutely fit for human consumption and under no circumstances can be labelled as food grains wasted.

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