The government would inform the Centre regarding the inadequacy of infrastructure facilities for the storage of foodgrain at the Food Corporation of India and find out a solution in consultation with the Centre, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
He was talking to the reporters on the sidelines of the function to felicitate thestudents who excelled in the SSLC and plus-two examinations at the Lions School auditorium here on Saturday.
The ‘smart award’ was instituted by the local MLA Shafi Parambil for the meritorious students.
When the reporters asked Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies K V Thomas about the rotting foodgrains in the FCI godowns and in the wagons, he stated that the state was not lifting the foodgrain on time, leading to the storage crunch.
The Chief Minister said that he will be going to New Delhi on Sunday to hold discussions with K V Thomas.
Chandy said that currently the state government was lifting enough foodgrain for a month’s consumption in the state.
However, K V Thomas was demanding that the state lift the necessary foodgrain for six months. But the state does not have storage capacity to lift such large quantities, he said.
To the questions on the revelations made by the former aide of K Sudhakaran MP, stating that he had tried to do away with CPM leader E P Jayarajan, Oomen Chandy said that he was yet to study the issue in full .
Speaking at the function, Chandy said that the government would make efforts to provide infrastructure facilities to all schools in the state. He added that the Medical College in Palakkad would become a reality soon. The Chief Minister later distributed the ‘smart awards’ and mementoes to the students. The ‘smart awards’ were instituted by local MLA Shafi Parambil for the meritorious students. District Congress committee president C V Balachandran was present at the occasion.