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Mr. Shaktikanta Das


Achieving fertilizer security for the country for sustainable agricultural growth supported by a robust domestic fertilizer industry


Ensuring adequate and timely availability of fertilizers to the farmers at affordable prices through planned production and imports and distribution of fertilizers in the country and planning for self sufficiency in Urea production

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Department of Fertilizers comes under the ambit of Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers which is headed by a Cabinet Minister who is assisted by one Minister of State. The main objective of Department of Fertilizers is to ensure adequate and timely availability of fertilizers at affordable prices for maximizing agricultural production in the country. The main activities of this Department in relation to the fertilizer industry are overall sectoral planning and development and regulation of the industry, as well as monitoring of production pricing and distribution of the output. This Department also administers 9 Public Sector Undertaking and one Multi-State Co-operative Society. For details of the PSUs, see fertilizers PSUs.
This Department has one attached office under it, viz., Fertilizer Industry Coordination Committee (FICC) headed by Executive Director. The FICC was initially constituted w.e.f. 1.12.1977 to administer and operate the erstwhile Retention Price Cum subsidy Scheme. For attaining greater internal efficiencies and global competitiveness, unit specific approach of RPS was replaced by a scheme called New Pricing Scheme (NPS) from 1.4.2003. The FICC continues under the New Pricing Scheme for administration of the Scheme for Urea.
  1. Ensuring policy framework for indigenous production and import of fertilizers and their supply
  2. Assessing requirements, Planning and arranging for production and import of fertilizers for meeting requirements
  3. Movement and distribution of fertilizers in coordination with States
  4. Timely disbursement and management of subsidy
  5. Improving and monitoring the performance of PSUs
  6. Research & Development Programme
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
Improved capacity for domestic production through revival of closed units. DPE, MOF and BIFR Domestic production of Urea LMT 219.84 223.87 (E) 248.72 255 265
Increase in installed capacity for urea production MPNG for gas availability, M/o Coal for possible alternative feed stock, MOF and PC for adequate funds for public sector investment. installed capacity LMT 206.27 215.97 (E) 233.47 243 253
    Import of Urea LMT 78.34 80 (E) 75 70 65
Adequate and timely availability of supplies Railways, D/o Shipping, Road Transport, State Governments,suppliers and importers. No shortfall in vailability of fertilisers Availability reports from all states all states all states all states all states
JV Abroad MEA, DoF, MPNG, PC Number of JV entered No.     2 2 2


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