The Nodal Agency in Food Management is Food Corporation of India, which is responsible to procure, store and distribute the foodgrains. FCI is a statutory body established via Food Corporation Act 1964 to meet the following objectives of the Food Policy:
Effective price support operations for safeguarding the interests of the farmers.
Distribution of food grains throughout the country for public distribution system
Maintaining satisfactory level of operational and buffer stocks of food grains to ensure National Food Security
For the purpose of its functions; FCI has divided the entire country into five zones viz. North, South, East, West and North-East with a zonal office in each zone. Out of them, the largest zone is North Zone comprising eight states including Punjab and Haryana.