CWC should build modern silos so that 100% stock of food grains could be stored for longer period: Piyush Goyal
CWC directed to prepare Masterplan for upgradation of its all 423 central warehouses, having complete basic public/staff amenities and additional infrastructure to be developed by 2024-25
Delhi, April 7
Union Minister of Food & Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal on April 6 reviewed the modernization plan of Central Warehouse Corporation.
While reviewing, the Minister Goyal said that CWC should double its warehouse storage capacity by end of year 2023 and achieve a turnover of Rs 10000 crore by the Financial Year 2024-25. At present, CWC warehouse storage capacity is 125 LMT.
In review meeting, Goyal said that the tariff rationalization and setting of warehouses should be done independently by CWC without any bureaucratic interference. He said that maximum powers of decision making for operations should be delegated to the CWC. He also asked CWC to focus on building of cold chain storage in the country on priority basis.
Goyal instructed CWC to do Safety Audit for fire, earthquakes burglary and accidents in its all warehouses regularly.
Further Goyal said, CWC should build modern silos for wheat and rice storage all over the country, so that maximum grains could be stored in the country for longer periods.
Goyal said CWC should build more cold chain facilities for storage Onion, Potato and Tomato in coordination with NAFED.
The Minister suggested that CWC should prepare a masterplan for upgradation of its all 423 warehouses. CWC should do the warehouse / storage gap analysis for agricultural produce and accordingly prepare plans with the help of Architects and experts.
The Minister further said that CWC should work in mission mode for taking care of all stakeholders i.e. staff, clients, workers, truck drivers.
He said all CWC warehouses must have modern and convenience facilities, like toilets for Male, Female workers, customers, drivers and divyangs, proper waiting rooms/restroom, worker-shed, drinking water facilities and other basic amenities with neat & clean ambience.