Foodgrain storage capacity in North East to be augmented





Foodgrain storage capacity in North East to be augmented

The requirement of storage capacity for Central Food Stocks was assessed in the year 2009 at the States level by State Level Committees (SLCs), which comprised of officials of the State Governments dealing with Food and Public Distribution and the Food Corporation of India. 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 based on the storage gap recommended by the State Level Committees (SLCs), a capacity of about 200 lakh MT was approved for construction of godowns in 20 states. The FCI commenced implementation of the Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme to augment storage capacities. The PEG Scheme is based on Public Private Partnership model and hence no funding is required from the Government. Accordingly, no funds have been released.
He said that however, the Government is augmenting storage capacities through Plan funds in the North Eastern States and a few other States where investor response under PPP was not forthcoming. A storage capacity of 3, 68,950 MT is being created with a financial outlay of Rs 530 crores during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).
Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve said that in the current year, Rs 50 crores have been released to FCI for constructing godowns and a capacity of 7,000 MT has been created as on 31-10-2014. In addition, a total of Rs 5.00 crores in the form of Grants-in -Aid have been released to the State Governments of Mizoram (Rs 2.00 crores), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 1.78 core) , Sikkim (Rs 0.55 crores) and Tripura (Rs 0.67 crores), for creation of intermediate storage godowns.
The Minister said that storage capacity under PEG Scheme is being created using private investment through Public Private Partnership. In the PEG Scheme, the FCI hires godowns on a guaranteed basis for 10 years. This ensures a fair rate of return to private investors. As against a capacity of 200 lakh MT approved under this scheme, a capacity of 120 lakh MT has been created as on 31-10-2014.
He said that as such, there is no scheme of the Department to construct storage facilities at the tehsil/consumer level. Only in the case of North Eastern States, Plan funds have been provided to create intermediate level godowns at tehsil level. In the current year, total Rs 5.00 crores in the form of Grants-in -Aid have been released to the State Governments of Mizoram (Rs 2.00 crores), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 1.78 core) , Sikkim (Rs 0.55 crores) and Tripura (Rs 0.67 crores). However, all State Governments have been informed that such facilities may be constructed using funds under the MGNREGA scheme.
Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve said that Government shall utilize stock of foodgrains held by FCI for distribution under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and Other Welfare Schemes (OWS). The estimated allocation of foodgrains for the current year 2014-15 is about 485 lakh MTs under TPDS and about 120 lakh MTs in other Schemes, i.e. a total of 605 lakh MTs. Besides, Government also sells wheat, as and when required, to the bulk consumers/traders under Open Market Sales Scheme in order to check inflationary trends in the open market.
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BIS to develop standards for solid waste

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is considering developing standards on municipal solid wastes including garbage segregation. A technical committee has been constituted to develop such standards. 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 Government has entrusted BIS to formulate process standard for quality assurance of potable water supplied through pipelines by municipal and Government agencies and for garbage disposal. BIS has already established Indian Standard, IS 16066: 2012 on Street Food Vendors–Food Safety requirements.
He said that an Inter-Ministerial Group has been set up on Consumer Advocacy which will also oversee implementation of standards.
The standards proposed are to be formulated and implemented as per the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
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Steps taken to improve availability of essential food items

The Government has taken a number office steps to improve the ability and to contain prices of essential food items. These includes following:
• Minimum Export Price (MEP) fixed for potatoes at USD 450 per M.T. w.e.f. 26.06.2014 and of onions at USD 300 per M.T. w.e.f 21.08.2014 respectively.
• States have been advised to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables by delisting them from the APMC Act.
• Government has approved the release of additional five million tonnes of Rice to BPL & APL families in states pending implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
• Advisory to State Governments issued to take action against hoarding & black marketing and effectively enforce the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 & the Prevention of Black-marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
• Imposed stock limits in respect of onion and potato for a period of one year with effect from 3rd July, 2014 under the Essential Commodities Act.
• Imposed stock limits from time to time in the case of select essential commodities such as pulses, edible oil, and edible oilseeds for a period up to 30.9.2015.
• Based on interaction with the State Governments/UTs on 4th July, 2014, a decision has been taken to amend the Essential Commodities Act to make hoarding and black marketing a non bailable offence and increase the period of detention to one year from existing six months.
• The Government has approved for the current year i.e. 2014-15 Open Market Sale of ten million tonnes of wheat in the domestic market.
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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Foodgrain supply under National Food Security Act to Eleven states

Based on the preparedness and identification of beneficiaries for coverage under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), reported by them, allocation of foodgrains to 11 States/Union Territories (UTs) namely, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan has started under the Act. 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 based on requests received from some States/UTs, it is provided in the Act that if annual allocation of foodgrains to any State under the Act is less than the average annual offtake for last three years under normal TPDS, the same shall be protected. Taking this into consideration, State-wise allocation of foodgrains is indicated in Schedule IV of the Act.
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Railside warehouses to be constructed at various places





The Central Railside Wareouse Company (CRWC) is in talks with the Railways for constructing railside warehouse at following places:
Sl.
State
Location
1.
Gujarat
Gandhidham
2.
Maharashtra
Bhiwandi Road
3.
Bihar
Pahleja
4.
Assam
New Guwahati
5.
Karnataka
Yashwantpur

The estimated average cost of construction of each warehouse is approx. Rs. 15 crores.
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 there are four projects where work is yet to start. He said that for two sites at Gandhidham and Guwahati, approval for the proposed layout plans is awaited from the Railways. The other two sites at Malda and Cochin have been refused by the Railways due to their other requirements. Alternate sites have not been identified.
There is no corrective action to be taken, as work can be started only after sites are identified and the layout plans are approved by the Railways.
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Campaign to Create Sustain Consumer Awareness
The Government carries out consumer awareness campaign through the multimedia ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ campaign. The slogan ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ has now become a household name as a result of sustained awareness campaign undertaken by the Government. Funds are also released as Grant-in-aid to States & Union Territories to carry out consumer awareness campaigns in regional medium. The number of Advertisement released in various medium vis-à-vis expenditure incurred thereon including the grant-in aid released to the States/Union Territories during the last three years and the current year is given below:
Sl. No.
Year
Number of Advertisement released in various medium
Expenditure incurred (Rs in Crore)including Letter of Authorisation issued
1.
2011-12
1,65,000
85.65
2.
2012-13
1,91,000
66.46
3
2013-14
1,78,500
70.75
4.
2014-15   (Till date)
62,000
63.14

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 the Government of India extends central Financial Assistance to State Governments/ UT Administrations for creating infrastructure for the Consumer Fora under the scheme of Strengthening of Consumer Fora  subject to availability of funds, liquidation of pending of utilization certificates and submission of Detailed Project report complete in all respect. Under this scheme, during the current financial year, so far an amount of Rs.5.08 crore has been sanctioned to the Govt. of West Bengal.
He said that there is no proposal to launch consumer awareness programme regarding the Genetically Modified (GM) products in the country.  
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