At the time when the inflation is at it's peak, at a value (11.42%), which is more than the bank interest rate for fixed deposits, the news about food wastage applies salt in the wound. Read more here.
I remember the time when I went to Ludhiana, in 2004, to meet my sister. My brother-in-law was posted there. We had to cross FCI godowns to reach their place of stay. While crossing the place, we used to get a very bad smell, which was of rotten wheat and rice. I realized that day itself that there is no value given to food and that everything is taken for granted. Has the officials foreseen wastage, godown stock could have been replenished every year and old stock could have been distributed among poor, minimizing the number of food-less people and probably nullify the wastage of food. Pathetic state of affairs in the country with corrupt officials, and which boasts of being lead by an economist.
Further the article in rediff seems to be bridging regional differences by stating respective statistics. Food wasted is wasted, whether it is one kg of rice or 1 tonne. Measuring the magnitude of wastage is of no use, since it cannot ensure any positive action.
"Keeping in view the amount of money spent by the FCI for preservation of food grains in its go-down, the quantum of damage is huge. Is it not a national shame?" This is what was said by the RTI applicant, because of whom, these facts were out.
That teaches one more thing. As responsible citizens, Right To Information should be used to bring out the shortcomings of the government and associated bodies.