Thursday, 26 December 2013

Government has Approved Allocation of 95 Lakh Tonnes of Wheat for Open Market Sale Scheme

Lakh Tonnes of Wheat
Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) in its report on Price Policy for Kharif Crops for 2013-14 has suggested to liquidate at least 15 million tonnes of foodgrains (wheat & rice) through sale in the domestic market or export. 

In so far as export of wheat is concerned, Government has approved in March this year. Sale of 50 lakh tonnes of wheat pertaining to Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2011-12 stocks in Punjab and Haryana for export through private traders. Export of a further quantity of 20 lakh tonnes of wheat from Central Pool through CPSUs has also been approved in August this year. 

In so far as Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic) [OMSS(D)] for 2013-14 is concerned, Government has approved allocation of 95 lakh tonnes of wheat for tender sale to bulk consumers and sale to small private traders from FCI godowns and 5 lakh tonnes of wheat for sale to States/ UTs / Co-operatives for distribution to retail consumers. 

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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