Food inflation not a concern for next 6 months: Ashok Gulati

by Nidhi Bhati

According to Infosys chair professor of agriculture at ICRIER Ashok Gulati, there is is no need to worry about food inflation in the next six months since India’s stock of wheat and rice as on 1 June 2020 would be to the tune of 95 million tonne to 100 million tonne, nearly 100 per cent more than the buffer stock norms of 41-42 million tonne this season, as per a report in Financial Express. Gulati added that around 35 million tonne of wheat has already been procured in addition to 5.5 to 5.6 million tonne of rice. The government has procured the buffer stock at Rs.37 per kg and Rs.27 per kg for wheat and this is sold through public distribution system (PDS) at Rs.2-3 per kg, which involves a huge subsidy, he said. In order to reduce PDS burden, Gulati has urged the government to put money in Jan Dhan accounts instead of offering rice and wheat through PDS.

References
1. https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/no-need-to-worry-about-food-inflation-for-six-months-says-expert/1972801/
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