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PM Modi Says India Ready to Supply Food Stock to World if WTO Agrees

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this during his talk with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, ahead of the 2+2 dialogue between India and the US
April 13, 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his talk with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, said that he offered to supply India’s food stock to the world if the World Trade Organisation (WTO) accords permission.

The Prime Minister said, “Today the world is facing an uncertain situation as nobody is getting what they want. Petrol, oil and fertilisers are hard to procure as all the doors are getting close. Everybody wants to secure their stocks after this (Russia-Ukraine) war began.”

He added, “The world is facing a new challenge now—the food stock of the world is diminishing. I was speaking to the US President, and he also raised this issue… If the WTO gives permission, India is ready to supply food stock to the world from tomorrow,” he added.

On Tuesday, as the prime minister attended the inauguration programme of the hostel and education complex of Gujarat’s Shree Annapurna Dham virtually, he said, “In our tradition and culture, a lot of importance is bestowed upon food, health and education. Today, Annapurna Dham has expanded on this… The common people of Gujarat will greatly benefit from the efforts of Shree Annapurna Dham.”

In his address, Narendra Modi lauded the Patidars, saying the community remains at the forefront in providing help to the needy people. He added that “it is in the nature of Gujarat that every society fulfils its social responsibility”.

The hostel and education centre, inaugurated on Tuesday, has 150 rooms and can lodge up to 600 students. Other facilities there include an e-library, primary health services, a TV room and a conference room. Moreover, the Hiramani Arogya Dham will be developed by the Jansahayak Trust and will have the latest medical facilities, including for dialysis of 14 people at once. There will also be a blood bank with a 24-hour blood supply, a 24×7 medical store, a modern pathology laboratory, and top-class equipment.