Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Apr 2018 12:24:06










THE report that 95 pc of the tur worth over Rs. 3,000 crore procured last year by the Maharashtra Government is on the verge of being lost for want of processing to turn it into dal and increase its shelf life. Thus the very purpose of procuring tur to help the farmers, on the one hand, and consumers, on the other, would be defeated. According to officials of the marketing department, since tur has very short shelf life it has to be processed immediately to make it into dal and enhance its shelf life. However, huge stocks of tur are pending in Government godowns without being processed and the stocks would be lost for ever, causing a whopping loss of Rs 1,000 crore. It appears nobody is concerned about such a criminal waste and colossal loss to the exchequer. It is a travesty that while millions of people go without food, foodgrains are allowed to rot. This is a very common thing in the country where millions of tonnes of foodgrains are lost due to lack of proper processing or scientific storage practices routinely but nobody seems concerned. This is nothing but grave administrative failure.


The environmentalists, who, a couple of days ago, were a jubilant lot because of the positive news of considerable increase in forest cover in the country, are today a troubled lot. Environment Minister Mr. Harshvardhan dropped a bomb when he revealed that India is losing 23 hectares of dryland per minute. Land degradation is a grave threat, not only in our country, but the world over and its ramifications are huge. Loss of dryland leads to drought and desertification, and directly or indirectly results in loss of foodgrain production, leading to increase in prices. This is bound to have a cascading effect on other commodities as well and is sure to bring about a marked decline in the economy. Survival of mankind and other living species as well as the socio-cultural milieu is at stake here. This definitely is cause for concern. The need of the hour is laying stress on sustainable land, water, and biodiversity conservation. Many schemes floated by the Government can help improve the situation to a great extent and prevent further loss of fertile land.