India At UN: India has expressed concern over the “unreasonable rise” in grain prices amid its hoarding and discrimination in distribution. On Wednesday, has called on Western countries that the distribution of food grains should not be like anti-Kovid-19 vaccines. He said that his decision to ban the export of wheat will ensure that he can meet the needs of the needy people.
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said here on Wednesday, “Various low-income sections are today facing the twin challenges of rising food prices and difficulty in accessing them. Even countries like India with sufficient reserves have seen an unreasonable increase in food grains. It is clear that hoarding is taking place. We can’t let it go on like this.”
Muraleedharan was speaking at a ministerial meeting on the ‘Global Food Security Call to Action’ chaired by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The meeting comes at a time when India on Friday decided to impose restrictions on export of wheat in an exercise to check rising prices amid shortage of wheat due to scorching heat.
Wheat export will be approved on the permission of the central government
The decision is aimed at controlling the retail prices of wheat and wheat flour, which have risen by an average of 14 to 20 per cent in the last one year. At the same time, its purpose is to meet the food requirements of neighboring and vulnerable countries. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification last week that export of wheat would be allowed on the basis of the permission of the central government.
Sudden rise in global wheat prices
For the first time in the United Nations, India spoke on the issue of ban on export of wheat in a high-level meeting. Muraleedharan said the Indian government acknowledges the sudden rise in global wheat prices, which “endangers our food security and that of our neighbors and other vulnerable countries”. He said, “In order to deal with our own food security and to meet the needs of neighboring and other vulnerable developing countries, we have announced certain measures regarding export of wheat on 13 May 2022.”
The issue of food grains should not be like vaccines for Kovid-19
India called upon the western countries and cautioned them that the issue of food grains should not be treated like anti-Covid-19 vaccines. Rich countries procured a large number of anti-Covid vaccines, due to which poor and less developing countries were seen struggling even in giving the first dose to their population.
India donating 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan
“We have given food aid in the form of thousands of metric tonnes of wheat, flour and pulses to many countries including our neighbors and Africa, to strengthen their food security,” Muraleedharan said, adding that the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. In view of this, India is donating 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to its people. He said, “We are also giving more help, including food assistance, to Sri Lanka in difficult times.”
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