SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir has completed construction for holding 92,500 MT food grains under the Private Entrepreneur Guarantee (PEG) scheme, that is aimed to increased food grains storage capacity.
These figures were disclosed in written reply Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Patil Danve in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
In Jammu and Kashmir storage facility to be built under this scheme will hold 3,61,690 MT of food grains.
The GOI in total has approved a capacity of 203.76 lakh MT for construction in 19 states, under PEG, out of which 120.30 lakh MT has been completed.
The reply also mentioned that storage capacity is being created under this scheme in PPP mode through private parties, as well as various agencies in Public Sector for guaranteed hiring by FCI.
The guarantee period for private parties is 10 years whereas for Public Sector agencies it is 9 years. In case of private parties, state wise tenders are invited by designated nodal agency under a two bid system. At the technical bid stage, sites are inspected and bids in respect of only those sites which are found suitable, are processed further. Tenders are allotted to the lowest bidders. Non railway siding based godowns are to be constructed in one year whereas godowns with railway siding are allowed two years construction period. This period can be extended by one year at the request of the investor. After completion of the godown, final inspection is carried by a joint committee of FCI and the Nodal agency and godowns completed in all respects and as per specifications are taken over on guarantee basis.
A Plan Scheme for construction of godowns by FCI in the North Eastern States and other states is being implemented . Under this scheme, capacity of 3,68,950 MT is being created during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). The capacity completed in the last two years (2012-13 and 2013-14) is 27,070 MT.
During the reply the minister said that silos are proposed to be constructed under PEG scheme for 20 lakh MT capacity at 41 locations.
—With PIB inputs