Ralte told media persons that rice have to be sent via Mizoram as the supply lines from the rest of the country to Manipur hill areas were completely cut off following the ethnic strife.
She said that Mizoram has rice stock to last for three months at present.
“There are 2,14,610 quintals of rice and 6,559 quintals of wheat in the warehouses across the state,” she said, adding that 21rail wagons each of rice will arrive at the Bairabi railway station on Sunday and Monday.
Speaking on the problems being faced by the FCI in Mizoram, Ralte said that prohibition of unloading of rice from trains at the Bairabi Rail Station by Young Mizo Association (YMA) leaders of Bairabi North unit on Sundays.
Sunday being regarded as a sacred day by some Christian church denominations, a section of religious zealots in the civil society organisation forbids unloading of rice from the trains on Sundays.
All the manual labourers, who undertake the tasks of unloading of rice on Sundays, are non-Christians who do not observe Sunday as a holy day, she said, adding that the FCI will incur loss of lakhs of rupees if the commodity is not unloaded the day it arrives in the rail station.
“Times of train services are not under our (FCI) power, in fact I wish that the rice consignments do not arrive on Sundays as our employees can take proper rest,” she said.
She said that as the FCI is going to incur huge loss if the rice consignments are not unloaded from the train, they unloaded them even on Sundays. She appealed to the Bairabi North branch of the YMA, through the media, to allow unloading foodstuff on Sundays.