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Food & Public Distribution

Mr. Sudhir Kumar


Ensuring food security for citizens of the country


i.Management of Public Distribution System (PDS) operations in the country through efficient procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP), storage and distribution of foodgrains (cereals)ii.Ensuring availability of foodgrains, sugar and edible oils through appropriate policy instruments; including maintenance of Buffer Stocks of foodgrains iii.Making foodgrains accessible at reasonable prices, especially to the weaker and vulnerable sections of society.

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The primary Policy objective of the Department of Food & Public Distribution is to ensure food security for the country through timely and efficient procurement and distribution of foodgrains. This involves procurement of various foodgrains, building up and maintenance of food stocks, their storage, movement and delivery to the distributing agencies and monitoring of production, stock and price levels of foodgrains. The focus is on incentivizing farmers through fair value of their produce by way of Minimum Support Price mechanism, distribution of foodgrains to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and covering poor households at the risk of hunger under Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY), establishing grain banks in food scarce areas and involvement of  Panchayati Raj Institutions in Public Distribution System (PDS).
The Department is also responsible for  formulation of policies concerning the sugar sector such  as fixing of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane payable by Sugar factories, development and  regulation of sugar industry (including training in sugar technology), fixation of levy price of sugar and its supply for PDS and regulation of supply of free sale sugar. The Department also formulates policies on export and import of foodgrains, sugar and edible oils.  
  1. To undertake price support operations through efficient Procurement of wheat, Paddy/rice and coarse grains.
  2. To create a legal framework for providing food security
  3. To Strengthen the Targeted Public Distribution System
  4. Development/promotion of sugar industry
  5. Development of Warehousing Sector
  6. Improvements in Public Service System
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
1. Ensuring of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the farmers States and UTs., State Government Agencies Procurement of estimated quantity of wheat, rice and coarse grains between April 2013 to March 2014 Lakh 500 635.80 700 700 700
2. Increased production of sugar   Production Lakh 246.55 246 246 246 246
3. Sufficient availability of foodgrains for Central Pool and TPDS (Targeted Public Distribution System) States & UTs, State Government Agencies Foodgrains made available to State and UTs, Government Agencies % of targets fixed 100 100 100 100 100
4. Increase in Scientific storage in the country for stocking foodgrains for PDS & strategic requirements. States & UTs
Increase in Scientific storage during the year under Private Entrepreneur Guarantee (PEG) scheme in the country for
stocking foodgrains for PDS & strategic requirements
Lakh tons 28.17 45 65 45 00


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