Food Corporation of India (FCI) will create an additional 5.4 lakh tonnes of food grain storage capacity in the North Eastern States, including Sikkim, with a total allocation of Rs 568 Crores.
Chairman & Managing Director C. Viswanath who was in Guwahati on Wednesday said that considering the strategic importance of the North-East region, the FCI has prepared a special package plan exclusively for the North East. "Out of Rs 568.17 Crore around Rs. 458.56 Crores is earmarked to be spent during 12th Five Year Plan for storage construction.
Viswanath said, "For FCI, the augmentation of storage capacity has been a continuous process and has been primarily financed by planned resources. Now there is good progress. Out of 49 projects, 19 projects of 100,060 tonne-capacities (4 in Assam, 9 in Arunachal Pradesh, 2 in Manipur, 1 each in Meghalaya and Tripura and 2 in Nagaland) are currently under construction. One project of Hailakandi, Assam and two projects in Manipur at Jiribam and Senapati have already been completed and made storage worthy".
He added, "Land has been acquired further for 6 projects of 128,500 tonne-capacities. Efforts have been made to get land notified in five more projects. It is expected that land acquisition phase will be over and construction will be underway for rest of the projects."