Airlifting of PDS items would improve supply position: FCI

Airlifting of PDS items would improve supply position: FCI

Itanagar: Airlifting of PDS (public distribution system) items to remote and inaccessible areas of Arunachal Pradesh would improve the supply position of Food Corporation of India (FCI) in the land-locked border state, FCI chairman-cum-managing director Shiraj Hussein said on Tuesday.

After visiting air fed stations, like Mago, Thingbo and Luguthang in Tawang district, Damin in Kurung Kumey district and Vijoy Nagar in Changlang district, Hussein told the news agency here that ‘there is better appreciation of ground level situation now in the state’.

Hussein said Arunachal Pradesh government has given a proposal to the Centre for use of helicopter to airlift rice to remote areas. “The proposal came for discussion when I called on chief minister Dorjee Khandu on Monday," he said.

Hussein, who is on a four-day visit of the state said his visit was aimed at working out modalities as to how the proposal could be operationalised as directed by New Delhi.

The state government has been asked to submit the revised proposal in consultation with the Indian Air Force and the directorate of supply and transport for the FCI to recommend the same to the Centre within 10-day of receipt of the proposal, the CMD disclosed.

Though the proposal included 32 identified places, few more places will be included in the revised proposal, Arunachal Pradesh Planning secretary Ankur Garg informed.

Pointing out that Arunachal Pradesh is an important state for FCI operation, Hussein said the Central PSU has taken many a steps to achieve the goal, including setting up of its regional office in the state capital and making eight base depots at Tawang, Seppa, Ziro, Daporijo, Anini, Tezu, Roing, and Deomali functional besides existing godowns at Kharsang, Pasighat, Karsings and Bhalukpong.

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