What is Paswan planning for FCI's future?
Paswan said Target is to ensure not a single grain of food gets wasted and all of it is procured by government at Minimum Support Price to benefit farmers
June 07, 2019
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the main objective of the Ministry is to ensure that not a single grain of food being produced by the hard work and labour of farmers gets wasted and all of it is procured by the government at Minimum Support Price while ensuring that corruption is completely removed. Paswan was speaking at a press conference charting out the future roadmap for the Food Corporation of India (FCI) Friday.
Uniform labour system for FCI
Talking about the 3 types of labourers in FCI namely Departmental, Daily Payment System (DPS) and No work no pay workers along with contractual labour, Union Minister Shri Paswan asserted that a big decision is being deliberated upon by the government to finish the 3 different arrangements and bring all workers of FCI under a single, uniform system which will bring stability of tenure and secured wages for all. A consensus in this regard is being formulated with all the different employee unions, 50% of whom are already on board.
Paswan emphasised that the procurement of wheat and rice will continue as before so that the farmers continue to get the benefit of MSP being set by the government. 338 lakh ton of wheat has been procured in the recently concluded Rabi season procurement while in 2018-19 423 lakh ton of Rice has been procured out of which 341 lakh ton rice has reached FCI.
Online recruitment to uproot corruption
Speaking about the corruption in the recruitment process in FCI, Paswan stated that the direct recruitment process of FCI is being made more transparent through online examination which is being done in two phases. While the first phase has already been completed on 3rd June, the second phase will be completed by the second week of July. Similarly, recruitment of 77 posts of category 1 and 367 posts of category 2 will begin in July.