The Centre has planned to open two cold storage chains in West Bengal,for which work has already started,NCP leader and Minister of state for agriculture and food processing Tariq Anwar said Monday.
The projects at Jangipur and Jalpaiguri would cost Rs 132 crore and Rs 113 crore,respectively. It would be put up in a public-private-partnership (PPP) model and the Centre would provide Rs 50 crore for each project,while the rest would be funded by private players, Anwar said.
Stating that the role of agriculture cannot be ignored in a country like India and that value addition through food processing was essential,Anwar said,Besides the cold storage chain,proper packaging and minimum wastage is essential for proper implementation of Food Security Bill.
He said there was no shortage of agricultural produce in the country and attributed the recent crisis to poor transportation. Monsoon had been bountiful. Only due to poor transportation,has the scarcity surfaced and middlemen were taking advantage in the process, he said,adding that most of the black marketeers across the country belonged to the Bharatiya Janata Party. He said FDI in retail was important as one of the reasons for current an economic crisis was that the foreign investment has gone down.
NCP to take call on ties with TMC
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) an ally of the UPA government will soon take a call on its stand on the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. We have supported different secular parties in different states. In the last election,the Congress and TMC were allies. But they parted ways. We support the UPA government at the Centre,but will have to decide on our stand on the TMC government. We have convened a meeting next month where we will discuss the issue, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said Monday.