Union Minister of Food & Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal today while reviewing the modernisation plan of Central Warehouse Corporation said that CWC should double its warehouse storage capacity by end of year 2023 and achieve a turnover of INR 10000 crore by the Financial Year 2024-25.
At present, CWC warehouse storage capacity is 125 LMT.
In the review meeting, the Minister said that the tariff rationalisation and setting of warehouses should be done independently by the CWC without any bureaucratic interference. He said that maximum powers of decision making for operations should be delegated to the CWC. Also, he asked CWC to focus on building cold chain storage in the country on priority basis.
Goyal instructed CWC to do Safety Audit for fire, earthquakes burglary and accidents in all its warehouses regularly.
Further he 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 also emphasised upon how CWC should build more cold chain facilities for storage Onion, Potato and Tomato in coordination with NAFED.
In the review meeting, the minister also 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, he sad.
Further he said that CWC should work in mission mode for taking care of all stakeholders i.e. staff, clients, workers, truck drivers.
He noted that 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.