According to media reports, almost 17.8 million tonnes of wheat and rice are stored under tarpaulins across India. Out of this about 10 million tonnes are at risk of rotting, which would cost the country around Rs 17,000 crore.
In Punjab, 49,000 tonnes of food grain is ready to be destroyed. Food grain wasted in 2oo8 was 9.4 million tonnes, 16 million tonnes in 2009 and 17.8 million tonnes in 2010.
The Supreme Court asked the Union Food Secretary to file an affidavit for the rotten food grains. The Court asked the government if any necessary steps are taken to stop pilferage of foodgrains.