Women Entrepreneurs in FPI




Women Entrepreneurs in FPI 
          For promotion and development of food processing sector in the country, the Ministry is implementing a Central Sector Scheme for Infrastructure Development for Food Processing having components of Mega Food Parks and Integrated Cold Chain, Value Addition and Preservation Infrastructure. Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided in the form of grant-in-aid to eligible entrepreneurs, including women entrepreneurs, @ 50% in general areas and @ 75% in North-Eastern Region and difficult areas, subject to a maximum of Rs. 50.00 crore for establishment of Mega Food Park and Rs.10.00 crore for establishment of Cold Chain Infrastructure
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            As per the latest Census (Fourth Census), conducted (with base reference year 2006-07), wherein the data was collected till 2009 and results published in 2011-12, as well as data extracted from Economic Census 2005 conducted by Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, for activities excluded from Fourth Census, namely wholesale/retail trade, legal, educational & social services, hotel & restaurants, transports and storage & warehousing (except cold storage); the small & micro food processing units which are being managed by woman in rural areas of the country are as under:

Sector
Enterprises
Micro
Small
Medium
Total
Registered Sector
11,289
114
8
11,411
Unregistered Sector
91,308
348
-
91,656
MSME Sector
1,02,597
462
8
1,03,067


Further, as per latest Annual Survey of Industries: 2012-13, the total number of units in the registered food processing sector in the country was 37,175. As such, share of small & micro food processing units which are being managed by women in rural areas of the country in the registered sector is more than 30% in comparison to overall registered food processing units in the country.

            In order to promote food processing units in the country, Ministry of Food Processing Industries was implementing a Scheme for Technology Upgradation / Establishment / Modernization of Food Processing Industries under the National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) through State / UT governments. However, the NMFP has been delinked from Central Government Support w.e.f. 1.4.2015. Hence, there is no budgetary allocation in the Ministry for the NMFP, except for Union Territories (UTs). Allocation to UTs during 2015-16 is as under:-    




                                                                                                                 
                                                                                            (Rs. in crore)
Sl. No.
Union Territories      
Allocation


1.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
2.24

2.
Chandigarh*
0.00

3.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli*
0.00

4.
Daman and Diu*
0.00

5.
Delhi
2.58

6.
Lakshadweep
1.01

7.
Puducherry
1.17

                            Total
7.00


            This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niramjan Jyoti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Mega Food Parks 
            The Government has accorded Final approval to 13 (Thirteen) proposals for setting up of Mega Food Parks in various parts of the country including rural areas during the current Five Year Plan period till date. These Mega Food Parks are private sector driven projects and responsibility of execution, ownership and management of these projects vests with a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is a company incorporated under the Companies Act. State Government/ State Government entities/Cooperatives have also been allowed to set up Mega Food Parks in the country by recent amendments in the scheme guidelines w.e.f. 10.02.02014.
State-wise and location-wise details of the thirteen Mega Food Park projects accorded Final approval by the Ministry during the current Five Year Plan Period and the grant released to these projects are as below. These Mega Food Parks are currently in the process of implementation. On completion, direct and indirect employment for about 30000 persons is likely to be created by each of these Mega Food Parks.
S. No.
Project Name and Location
State
Project Cost (in Rs. crore)
Date of Final Approval
Amount of grant approved
Grant released
      1.             
Godavari Mega Aqua Park Pvt. Ltd. Tundurru Village, Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District
Andhra Pradesh
122.60
16.12.2013
50.00
0.00
      2.             
Pristine Logistics & Infraprojects Pvt. Ltd.Mansi Village, Khagaria District
Bihar
127.60
06.08.2014
50.00
0.00
      3.             
Indus Best Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. Village Sarora and Bemta, Tehsil Tildam, Raipur District
Chhattisgarh
124.50
04.06.2014
50.00
0.00
      4.             
Raipur Mega Food Park Ltd. Village Neonara, Tehsil Berla, Bemetara District
Chhattisgarh
126.12
04.06.2014
50.00
0.00
      5.             
Gujarat Agro Infrastructure Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.Villages Jhahkharda, Shah and Vasravi,MangrolTaluka, Surat District
Gujarat
117.87
22.05.2014
50.00
05.00
      6.             
Cremica Food Park Pvt. Ltd. (earlier known as Poliyan Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.) Village Singha, Tehsil Haroli, Una District
Himachal Pradesh
99.70
06.08.2014
50.00
0.00
      7.             
RFK Greens Food Park  Pvt. Ltd. Industrial Growth Centre, Lassipora Village, Pulwama District
Jammu And Kashmir
79.43
19.02.2014
50.00
0.00
      8.             
Indus Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. Panwa Village, Kasrawad Tehsil, Khargoan District
Madhya Pradesh
127.70
27.08.2012
50.00
45.00
      9.             
Paithan Mega Food Park Ltd. Village Wahegaon and Dhangaon, Taluka: Paithan, AurangabadDistrict
Maharashtra
124.56
08.03.2013
50.00
5.00
  10.             
Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.DegaonVillage, Satara District
Maharashtra
139.33
06.08.2014
50.00
0.00
  11.             
MITS Mega Food Park Ltd. Bhujbul and Sindhubadi Mouza, Rayagada District
Odisha
80.17
16.04.2012
50.00
15.00
  12.             
Greentech Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd.Rupangarh Village, Ajmer District
Rajasthan
113.57
19.02.2014
50.00
0.00
  13.             
Himalayan Food Park Pvt. Ltd. Mauha Kheraganj Village, Kashipur, Udam Singh Nagar District
Uttarakhand
99.96
23.01.2014
50.00
0.00


Making changes/modifications in the Scheme Guidelines is a continuing process and based on the experience of implementation of Mega Food Parks, the scheme guidelines have been revised by the Government from time to time to remove the hurdles in the implementation of the projects.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niramjan Jyoti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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ACC Appointments 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the following: 

(i) Dr. S.S. Negi, IFoS (HP:80) as Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change vice Shri S.S. Garbyal, IFoS (UT:77) consequent to his retirement on 31.07.2015. 

(ii) Additional charge of the post of Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to Shri Bhanu Pratap Sharma, IAS (BH:81), Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare for a period of three months beyond 03.07.2015 or till the appointment of a regular incumbent or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. 

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Automatic Refund of Confirmed/ Rac e-tickets on Cancellation of Trains Becomes Effective 


Ministry of Railways have decided to grant automatic refund of Confirmed/RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets. There shall not be any requirement for cancellation/filing of TDR for refund of e-tickets in case of cancellation of trains. This has become effective with effect from July 13, 2015.
However, in case of cancellation of trains, PRS counter ticket shall continue to be refunded across the reservation counter as per the existing provisions.
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Local Communities of the North-East Should be Engaged in the Road Construction Work: Shri Nitin Gadkari 

The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the people of North East have lot of expectations and infrastructure development in the north eastern region of India is of utmost importance for the socio-economic development of the people there. The local communities should be engaged in the construction work and thus providing the avenues of employment and development to them. He was speaking on the occasion of the Inception Day function of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) in New Delhi yesterday. The NHIDCL is a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and was incorporated on 18th July 2014 with an objective to fast pace construction of National Highways and other infrastructure in the North Eastern Region and Strategic Areas of India. 

Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the NHIDCL has taken a challenging task and it should make all efforts to convert it into an opportunity. The Minister also emphasized upon the monitoring of the projects. He said that transparency and fast-track decision making are essential for the successful functioning. 

While addressing the gathering, Shri P. Radhakrishnan, MoS for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping said that the Prime Minister has been taking keen interest in the development of North Eastern region of the country. He said that infrastructure development in the border areas will help in boosting of cross-border trade and investment. He also said that the NHIDCL can enhance the pace of development with the help of stakeholders including local contractors and make them an important partner in the development of infrastructure. It can also be a catalyst for the employment, the MoS added. 

Those who addressed the gathering also included Shri Vijay Chhibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Deepak Das Gupta, former Chairman, NHAI and Shri Anand Kumar, Managing Director, NHIDCL. 

Senior officials of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and NHIDCL were also present on the occasion. 

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