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Govt hopes to cut subsidy bill by Rs 23,400 cr; sets up high-level panel for FCI revamp

Aug 21, 2014

Govt hopes to cut subsidy bill by Rs 23,400 cr; sets up high-level panel for FCI revamp

The terms of reference of the panel are to study various models of restructuring or unbundling of the FCI and suggest the best-suited model to improve its operational efficiency and financial management.
#India #Wheat #Agriculture #MSP #minimum support price #farmer #Subsidy #Himachal Pradesh #Food Corporation of India #FCI #food grain #Restructure #Panel
Cash-strapped FCI asks govt to clear dues worth Rs 50,000 cr

Aug 19, 2014

Cash-strapped FCI asks govt to clear dues worth Rs 50,000 cr

The dues have accumulated to Rs. 50,000 crore at the end of 2013-14 due to lesser allocation of funds against the estimated subsidy bill in last three-four years, according to one of the sources.
#India #Agriculture #MSP #Subsidy #Food Corporation of India #FCI #dues #food grain
Essential Commodities Act: Govt plans to make hoarding non-bailable offence

Jul 22, 2014

Essential Commodities Act: Govt plans to make hoarding non-bailable offence

On July 4, the Centre had decided to amend the law to make hoarding a non-bailable offence to check food inflation. The decision was taken at a meeting of state food and consumer affairs ministers.
#India #Agriculture #onions #Potatoes #Ram Vilas Paswan #food grain #tomatoes #hoarding #Essential Commodities Act
CCEA approves outlay of Rs 12,350 cr to boost foodgrain production

Sep 20, 2013

CCEA approves outlay of Rs 12,350 cr to boost foodgrain production

The National Food Security Mission (NFSM) was launched in 2007-08 with an outlay of Rs 4,882.48 crore for the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) and succeeded in meeting its objective of raising foodgrains output by 20 million tonnes (MT). #NewsTracker #CCEA #food grain #National Food Security Mission
Despite Modi's poser, will BJP blink on food security bill?

Aug 14, 2013

Despite Modi's poser, will BJP blink on food security bill?

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her party strategists are hastily pressing for ratification of the ordinance by the Parliament with a basic assumption, albeit political, that no party will have the courage to oppose the hugely populist bill per se. #HowThisWorks #Sonia Gandhi #UPA #Congress #BJP #Narendra Modi #Poverty #Food Security Bill #parliament #food grain #State governments #J Jayalithaa
Right to food security will make things more difficult for salaried middle class

Mar 20, 2013

Right to food security will make things more difficult for salaried middle class

Right to food security will drive up food prices higher than what they already are. Hence, food inflation will continue to remain high, which in turn will push up consumer price inflation as well #ConnectTheDots #minimum support price #Food Security Bill #parliament #food bill #food grain
'National Food Security Bill will only benefit rich states'

Aug 29, 2012

'National Food Security Bill will only benefit rich states'

The Right to Food Campaign, has criticised the National Food Security Bill, saying that the current demarcation made to provide food at subsisided rates is bound to create conflict among people #HowThisWorks #Public Distribution System #Caste Census #food grain #Right to Food campaign #Socio economic census
New green revolution? Record food production in 2011-12

Jul 17, 2012

New green revolution? Record food production in 2011-12

Apart from favourable weather, the massive growth in foodgrains production in 2011-12 was on the back of implementation of several schemes including 'Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern region' in the 11th Five year plan #Weather #green revolution #food grain
Live Monsoon tracker: El Nino might compound woes

Jul 03, 2012

Live Monsoon tracker: El Nino might compound woes

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said that the deficient monsoon is no cause for worry, but is he right? #India #Sharad Pawar #Delhi #NewsTracker #Agriculture #Monsoon #food grain
Worms feast on foodgrain, while warehouses store liquor

May 10, 2012

Worms feast on foodgrain, while warehouses store liquor

Up to seven percent of the country's annual grain production goes waste due to insufficient storage space and inefficient transport and distribution networks. #Uttar Pradesh #Punjab #ToWhatEffect #Haryana #food grain