Officials said Paswan will be in Chandigarh on Monday and is scheduled to meet Punjab food minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and FCI officials.
Traders are also concerned that if the controversy is not resolved expeditiously, withholding of further food credit will lead to squeeze in funding.
"There have been mistakes and neglect in the past. I’m going to Nagpur to review the reservoir situation."
With the mercury soaring across the country, the water storage availability at India's 91 major reservoirs has dipped to 37.92 billion cubic metres.
Planting of summer crops and drinking water supplies in several parts of the country could take a hit with water levels falling in several reservoirs, says GS Jha.
Poor back-to-back monsoons, coupled with depleting reservoirs and a heatwave have hit rural India hard
This year’s monsoon is expected to be good, but officials say it may take up to three months for water scarcity to ease as soil moisture has dropped sharply.
Scientists at the India Meteorological Department have already said that this year’s monsoon will be much better, and IMD has finalised its official forecast, officials said.
The minister asserted that the government would not allow "monopoly by seed and pharmaceutical companies" and regulate prices of seeds and medicines, if required.
The minister asked government officials to keep a check on prices of seeds and any monopolistic activity which impacts farmers’ lives.
Water levels in country’s major dams are at 24 per cent of their capacity and well short of the 10-year average, possibly impairing planting of crops.
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