The Maharashtra State Cabinet today approved an expenditure of Rs 422.52 crore on transportation of paddy for procurement of paddy in both Kharif and Rabi marketing seasons of 2020-21 under the Minimum Price Scheme. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray presided over the meeting. The Central Government’s Minimum Basic Price Purchase Scheme (Decentralized Procurement Scheme) has procured 136.76 crore quintals of paddy in the Kharif season 2020-21. 53 crore 15 lakh quintals of paddy will be procured in Rabi season 2021-22.
Who distributes under PDS
Rice is distributed by the Food and Civil Supplies Department through the Public Distribution System in each district of the state. About Rs 422.52 crore is expected to be spent on transportation of paddy and rice to other districts of Vidarbha Maharashtra under the National Food Security Act and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Food Scheme.
What is Minimum Base Price Purchase Scheme?
The Basic Price Purchase Scheme of the Central Government is in the interest of the farmers. Under this scheme, the central government announces the minimum basic prices of various crops. And in addition, the government buys food grains so that farmers do not have to sell them for less than the guaranteed price (distress sale) for profit.
The Food Corporation of India acts as the “Nodal Agency” of the Central Government in the state of Maharashtra. On behalf of the Food Corporation of India, the Basic Price Purchase Scheme is implemented by the State Government through Government Agent Agencies in the State of Maharashtra.
amendment to the act
The Act has been amended to make fisheries regulation effective in the state. The Cabinet has also decided to amend the Maharashtra Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1981 to curb unauthorized fishing and to make fishing regulation more effective in the state.
The provisions of the Act were not amended in 40 years. These reforms are being done because it is necessary to protect the interests of traditional fishermen in the fishing business.
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