Hon'ble CM submits Report of the Working Group on Consumer Affairs to the PM

Published By : Admin | March 2, 2011 | 05:28 IST
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Hon'ble CM's Report gives 20 recommendations with 64 actionable points and emphasizing;

 

• Ban on Future trading of Essential Commodities

• Set up Price Stabilization Fund by Government of India

• set up a Ministerial level Coordination mechanism at the National and the Regional level for coordinated policy making

• Priority sector lending to Agri-marketing activities

• Speedy Reform of APMC Act across the Country and Liberalization of Agri-markets

• Time bound development of Agri-marketing infrastructure including storage capacities in food deficit regions, cold chain, agro-processing etc.

• Unbundling of FCI operations of procurement, storage and distribution

• Increase competition by promoting retailing by organized sector and cooperatives.

 

Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Chairman of the Working Group on Consumer Affairs, submitted the Report of Working Group to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh in the presence of Union Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Professor K. V. Thomas, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, Minister of State in PMO Shri V. Narayanasamy, at Prime Minister's residence.

The Working Group on Consumer Affairs was constituted on 8th April, 2010, finalized its Report earlier in January 2011 by the Committee led by Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Gujarat with other member Chief Ministers of States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Unlike the usual practice of voluminous reports often bordering along academic approach, the Modi Committee Report is a precise document which gives 20 recommendations with 64 detailed actionable points that will facilitate expeditious implementation of the Report.

With regard to the Future Markets and considering lack of strong linkages between spot and future markets at present, the Modi Committee Report has suggested that for the time being, essential commodities should be kept out of the Future Market.

The Modi Committee Report has suggested setting up of a Price Stabilization Fund by Govt. of India to help State Government for procurement and distribution of essential commodities in short supply.

Some of the major recommendations made in the Modi Committee Report include liberalization of Agriculture Markets for improving the efficiency of distribution channel from farms to consumer, increasing participation of organized sector/ cooperatives in retailing including farmers’ markets, agro- processing, storage and cold chains for wastage control and reduction, proactive monetary policy etc.

For evolving single National agriculture market, the Modi Committee Report has recommended to set up a Ministerial level Coordination mechanism at the National and the Regional level for coordinated policy making.

In addition, the Modi Committee Report has recommended enlarging the scope of priority sector lending such that the Agriculture Marketing activities are also be made eligible and the ratio of priority sector lending to the agriculture sector should also be raised further from the current level of 18%.

To minimize information asymmetry in the Agriculture Market, the Modi Committee Report also calls for establishing a mechanism, if necessary by creating a dedicated agency, to collect and widely disseminate information to all stakeholders on production, import, stocks and overall availability of essential commodities besides extensive use of the Information Technology.

Since, the FCI plays a major role in procurement and distribution system of essential commodities, a suggestion has been made to explore unbundling of FCI operation in terms of procurement, storage and distribution functions.

Further, the Modi Committee Report has also emphasized preparation of a 10-year Perspective Plan for improving Agri-infrastructure of backward and forward linkages for Agriculture Production and Marketing.

The Modi Committee Report has also recommended that offences under Section 10-A under the Essential Commodities Act should be made non-bailable and Special Courts should be set up for speedy trial of offences under the E.C. Act.

In addition, the Modi Committee Report also recommends that the period of preventive detention under the PBM Act (Black Marketing Act in common parlance) should be increased from six months to one year.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji via a video message today. The Prime Minister greeted Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji and his followers on this auspicious occasion. Shri Modi also noted the dedication of ‘Hanumat Dwar’ entrance arch by the saints and special guests.

Quoting scriptures, the Prime Minister said that life of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji his a living example of the fact that saints emerge for the welfare of humanity and their life is intertwined with the social upliftment and human welfare. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that at Datta Peetham modernity is also nurtured along with spirituality. He cited grand Hanuman temple with 3D mapping and light and sound show and bird park with modern management in this regard. The Prime Minister noted that apart from being a great centre of study of the Vedas, Datta Peetham is undertaking impactful innovation for using music for health purposes. “This use of science for nature, this amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India. I am happy that with the efforts of saints like Swamiji, today the youth of the country are getting acquainted with the power of their traditions and taking them forward.”, said Shri Modi

In the context of the auspicious occasion falling during the period of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister recalled the teaching of the saints for considering universal before self. He said “ with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’, the country is calling for collective pledges. Today the country is preserving its antiquity and also promoting it, and, at the same time, giving strength to its innovation and modernity.” The Prime Minister continued “today the identity of India is Yoga as well as youth. Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' is turning out to be a ray of hope for global growth. We have to work towards achieving these resolutions. And I would like our spiritual centers to be centers of inspiration in this direction as well.”

Noting their work in the preservation for nature and service of birds, the Prime Minister requested Datta Peetham to work for water and river conservation. He also asked for their contribution in the campaign for 75 Amrit Sarovars in every districts. The Prime Minister lauded their contribution in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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