66.45 Additional foodgrains for APL and BPL families





66.45 Additional foodgrains for APL and BPL families 

During the current year, the Government has allocated an additional quantity of 66.45 lakh tons of foodgrains for distribution among APL and BPL families in the States/UTs who have not implemented NFSA. The Government has also allocated a quantity of 12.85 lakh tons of foodgrains to the States for additional TPDS requirement, festivals, natural calamities etc. during the current year. In addition, a quantity of 100 lakh tons of wheat has also been approved for sale under Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS) during the current year. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


The Minister said that States and UTs have been requested for review of lists of beneficiaries, improving the off take of allocated foodgrains, ensuring timely availability of foodgrains at Fair Price Shops (FPSs), greater transparency in functioning of TPDS, increased monitoring and vigilance at various levels, improving the viability of FPS operations, etc. The National Food Security Act, 2013 also contains measures for reforms in TPDS, to be undertaken progressively by the Central and State Governments. These reforms inter alia include doorstep delivery of foodgrains to the TPDS outlets, application of information and communication technology tools including end to end computerisation, preference to public institutions/bodies in licensing of FPSs, etc. 

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86,000 tonnes foodgrains to Kerala through see route 

Food Corporation of India (FCI) has started movement of foodgrains to Kerala through shipping lines. Movement of foodgrains to Kerala from Andhra Pradesh started from March, 2014 and so far 86,000 tonnes of foodgrains have been supplied to Kerala through see route. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Steps to improve functioning of FCI 


The Government has taken a number of steps to improve functioning of FCI. A High Level Committee has been constituted with a mandate to submit its report for this purpose. Other steps taken to improve functioning include:

·        To meet out the shortfall of storage space, 121.17 lakh MT godown under PEG scheme have been created in last 2-3 years.  Capacity of 31.39 lakh MT is likely to be constructed in near future.  Further, FCI has plans to construct 20 lakh MT capacity in the form of modern silos.

·        CCTV Cameras have been installed in 58 depots and the installation of CCTV Cameras at the weighbridges of 218 depots are under progress for better surveillance/monitoring of the depot activities.

·        Proposal to denotify 226 depots/railheads has been submitted to the Ministry of Labour so that labourers may be pooled in few depots and contract labour may be engaged in the released depots to reduce the cost of handling and improve efficiency.

·        Zero Physical Verification (PV) on quarterly basis randomly selected by the Zonal Office is being arranged to avoid mis-appropriation of the stock which is being monitored by the FCI, Hqrs.

·        Storage of wheat stock at Kachha ground has been eliminated since RMS 2014-15 so as to avoid deterioration/down gradation of stock.

·        Instructions have been issued to the Zones/regions for deployment of CISF/ State Armed Police (SAP) in 18 vulnerable/sensitive depots so as to avoid any theft, pilferage/damage to the FCI property due to anti-social elements.

·        Accounting through Financial and Accounting Package (FAP) for     better monitoring and control has been implemented.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


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Low Ranking of Indian Corporate in Global Philanthropy Index 

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provisions of the Companies Act 2013, and the rules made thereunder came into force from 01.04.2014. This is the first year of implementation of CSR by companies under the Act. Details of funds spent under CSR would be available only after the mandatory disclosures of CSR expenditure are made by companies, which would be due after September, 2015. It may be prudent to not speculate on the quantum of CSR expenditure at this stage. 

“Swach Bharat Abhiyan” and “Clean Ganga Mission” have been included as CSR activities under Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 from 24th October, 2014. 

The Global Philanthropy Index, developed by the Centre for Global Prosperity, Hudson Institute, Washington D.C., measures the magnitude of development assistance, by way of government aid and private giving, from developed countries and emerging market economies to the developing world. The Index, as such, does not come under the purview of the Companies Act and its CSR provision, which prescribes CSR expenditure to be incurred on eligible activities within India. 

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Effective Implementation of CSR Policy 

The primary objective of the provisions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under the Companies Act 2013 is to involve the corporate sector in the inclusive growth process by bridging the gaps in social development indicators. 

The CSR provisions of the Act, and the rules made thereunder, have come into force from 01.04.2014. This is the first year of implementation of corporate social Responsibility (CSR) by companies under the Act. Details of funds spent under CSR would be available only after the mandatory disclosures of CSR expenditure are made by companies, which would be due after September, 2015. 

The Act does not envisage signing of MoUs with companies with regard to CSR. Ministry of Corporate Affairs, has however, issued clarifications from time to time to facilitate effective implementation of CSR by companies. 

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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CSR Contribution for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Clean Ganga Mission 

The provision of Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, Schedule VII of the said Act, and the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility Policy) Rules, 2014 have come into force only from 01.04.2014. This is the first year of the implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by companies under the Act. Details such as the amount spent and nature of activities undertaken by the companies would be available only after the mandatory disclosures of CSR expenditure are made by companies, which would be due after September, 2015. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and “Clean Ganga Mission” have been included as CSR activities under Schedule VII of the Companies Act, 2013 from 24th October, 2014. Details about the contribution made by the companies in this regard would also be available by the time indicated above. 

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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Recoverty of Penalties Imposed by CCI 


              The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed penalty on 322 entities as follows: -

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 The Commission has made the CCI (Manner of Recovery of Monetary Penalty) Regulations, 2011 regulating the manner in which penalties imposed by it shall be recovered.  

            The Competition Appellate Tribunal/Courts have dismissed/stayed the recovery of a sum of Rs.1,21,78,01,01,298/- as penalty and a sum of Rs.2,16,52,33,351/- is not yet due/not been paid as penalty so far. CCI is taking action as per law for recovery of penalties.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Promotion of MDP Firms 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICoAI) have had inconclusive deliberations regarding a framework for allowing Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships (MDPs) amongst its members. Efforts to popularize the concept of MDPs will be, therefore, at this stage be pre-mature. 

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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