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It is estimated that 610 lakh tonnes of rice & wheat would be required to cover beneficiaries under the proposed National Food Security Bill (NFSB). 341.97 lakh tonnes of rice and 281.44 lakh tonnes of wheat have been procured from 2010-11 crops, aggregating to 623.41 lakh tonnes.
The following steps have been taken to speed up the procurement process:-
(i) States are encouraged to adopt Decentralised Procurement (DCP) system to maximize procurement and to ensure better reach of MSP to farmers. So far 5 states have adopted DCP system for wheat and 9 States/UTs have adopted DCP system for rice.
(ii) Interactions are held with State Food Secretaries from time to time to monitor procurement operations and to speed up the procurement process.
(iii) Instructions have been issued to open procurement centres at the locations convenient to farmers.
(iv) In order to extend the reach of Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations to marginal/small farmers, commission at the rate of 2.5% of MSP in respect of paddy and 2% of MSP in respect of wheat has been allowed to Cooperative Societies/Self Help Groups.
This information was given by the Minister of State (independent charge) for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Prof. K.V. Thomas in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India