Bhubaneswar, August 19 (LocalWire): Orissa High Court has imposed a stay on the Centre’s proposal to shutdown the regional office of Central Warehouse Corporation here and relocate it to Patna.
Responding to a petition moved by RTI activist Pradeep Pradhan, a division bench of the high court imposed stay proceedings on the proposed shifting and issued show cause notices to the managing director, Central Warehouse Corporation, New Delhi and secretary, ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution system, counsel Jyoti Patnaik, representing the petitioner said.
The matter was posted for further hearing on 17 September.
The regional office of CWC is one of 13 such units in the country that started functioning in the state since 1990. As many as 21 warehouse centres are there in 15 districts of Odisha under the control of CWC regional office, Bhubaneswar.
The operational capacity of Odisha region is about 3.48 lakh MT which is ordinarily done through warehouse centres, the petition maintained.
Food Supply Corporation of India and Odisha Civil Supply Corporation Limited are major foodgrain depositors in warehouse house godowns for storage purposes.
The regional office caters to the people’s need efficiently, ensures timely delivery of foodgrains from its godowns. It is a profit-making institution since the last five years. The state has provided land at various places for construction of godowns from time to time to enhance storage capacity of foodgrains.
Describing the shutdown plan as arbitrary and illogical, the petition stated the economy of the state depends on agriculture. Farmers produce different types of foodgrains in different seasons. Warehouse centres provide space for storage of these foodgrains for future use and helps in supply of foodgrains at the time of natural calamities.
Efficient monitoring of warehouse godowns, timely release of food grains will be adversely affected if CWC is shifted to Patna, the petition maintained.