Dhaka agreed to allow New Delhi to ferry food grains for NE states.

Dhaka food grainsGuwahati: Dhaka has agreed to allow New Delhi to ferry food grains for the northeastern states via Bangladesh, officials said here on Friday.

Tripura food department commissioner B.K. Roy told reporters “After the Bangladesh government’s green signal, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Inland Water Transport Authority (IWTA) are now selecting agencies that would carry the food grains and essential items.”

He also said that “The issue was discussed at a meeting of food ministers and food secretaries of the northeastern states in Guwahati Thursday.”

Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas chaired the meeting attended by food ministers of 7 northeastern states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura and other government officials.

The northeastern states have largely been dependent on supply of food grains from other states, especially Punjab and Haryana.

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