Mizo CM assures plenty of rice

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Aizawl, Dec 22 (UNI) Mizoram Chief minister Zoramthanga sees no reason for his ministerial colleagues and government officials to lose sleep over the problem of food shortage in the state.

The chief minister's remarks came when he was speaking to his advisers, ministers and officials on his arrival here yesterday after NEC and NDC meetings in New Delhi.

According to him, huge quantity of rice had already arrived in Guwahati but the FCI has not yet lifted the same. He had also requested the Prime Minister to supply another 50,000 quintals of replenishments.

The state should have received at least 60,000 quintals of rice by now but for the FCI had failure to fill up the godowns in Mizoram.

The chief minister, who returned to the state from a private pilgrimage to Israel after attending NEC and NDC meetings in Delhi, told his officials not to be on tenterhooks over the food shortage.

Mr Zoramthanga pointed out that the additional 50,000 quintals of rice, however, come at a price of Rs 3 crore per month, which the state will bear.

Meanwhile, fifty trucks with rice arrived at the FCI godown in Tanhril yesterday to be distributed to prevent any shortage of rice during the Christmas season. More truckloads of rice are expected to arrive in the next two days.

Both FCI general manager CH Kharsing and supplies minister K Sangthuama had made arrangement for the supply of rice to the state, the chief minister stated.

UNI

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