Measures to clear sugarcane arrears



Measures to clear sugarcane arrears

In order to facilitate clearance of cane price arrears of previous sugar seasons and timely settlement of cane price of current sugar season to sugarcane farmers, the Central Government on 03.01.2014 has notified a Scheme for Extending Financial Assistance to Sugar Undertakings (SEFASU-2014) envisaging interest free loans worth Rs. 6600 crores by bank as additional working capital to sugar mills.

Under the Scheme, all loans were to be sanctioned by 30.06.2014 and disbursed by 30.09.2014. Out of sanctioned loan amount, loan amounting to Rs. 6420.09 crores have been disbursed upto 30.09.2014. Utilization certificates to the effect that the amount has been utilized for the payment of cane price dues are to be submitted by the sugar mills within three months from disbursement. Hence, the beneficiaries sugar mills under the Scheme have time upto 31st December, 2014 to utilize the loan for cane payment arrears. Another Scheme allowing incentive for marketing and promotion services of raw sugar production targeted for export market was notified by the Government on 28.02.2014. No incentive has so far been disbursed to any mill under the Scheme. 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 Central Government has regularly taken up the matter of cane price arrears with the State Governments. Meetings were held with the apex bodies of sugar Industry and State Government representatives to clear cane price dues of sugarcane farmers. Due to measures taken by the Government cane price arrears are declining.

Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve said that the State Governments of sugarcane producing States have been requested to rationalized sugarcane pricing policy by adopting revenue sharing formula recommended by Dr. C. Rangarajan.

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Procurement of foodgrains to support farmers

The Central Government extends price support to paddy, coarse grains and wheat through the FCI and State Agencies. All the foodgrains conforming to the prescribed specifications offered for sale at specified centers are bought by the public procurement agencies at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The producers have the option to sell their produce to FCI/State Agencies at MSP or in the open market as is advantageous to them. Foodgrains procured by the State Governments and their agencies are ultimately taken over by the FCI for distribution throughout the country. 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 to augment storage capacities, a scheme called Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme is being implemented. A capacity of about 200 Lakh MT has been approved for construction of godowns through Public Private Partnership across 20 states. As on 31st October, 2014 a capacity of 120.67 lakh MTs has been completed. Godowns are also being constructed by using Plan funds for creating a capacity of 3, 68, 950, MT with a financial outlay of Rs.530 crores during 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

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State Food Secretaries Conference to review implementation of National Food Security Act

A conference of Food Secretaries of 25 States/UTs, which have not yet started implementation of National Food Security Act, has convened by the center here tomorrow. Main objective of the conference is to review the status of preparedness of these States/UTs to implement the Act and progress in end-to-end computerization of Targeted Public distribution System (TPDS). Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan himself will chair the conference.

The Act, which came into force w.e.f 5th July, 2013, provided for a period of one year for identification of eligible households for receiving subsidized foodgrains, as per criteria which was also to be evolved by them. However, as many States/UTs had not completed the exercise of identification at the end of one year, the period had to be extended first by three months and then by another six months i.e. upto first week of April, 2015. They have been requested to complete the identification and ensure implementation of the Act in the extended period.

During the Conference being held tomorrow, status of preparedness to implement the Act in 25 States/UTs will be reviewed which include identification of eligible households through a participative & transparent process and computerisation of PDS in a time-bound manner.

Earlier, implementation of the Act and progress in computerisation of TPDS in 11 States/UTs, where the Act has been implemented, was reviewed in a meeting with Food Secretaries of these States/UTs on December 03, 2014.
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