Procurement of Coarse Grains – UPSC Prelims

  • The Government of India has revised guidelines for procurement, allocation, distribution and disposal of coarse grains.
  • It has allowed distribution of Jowar (Rabi) and Ragi for a longer period of 6-7 months respectively from the earlier 3 months.
  • Earlier, states were allowed to procure coarse grains from farmers at minimum support price (MSP) under the central pool. But the whole quantity was to be distributed within three months from the end of the procurement period.
  • The distribution period of coarse grains such as Jowar and Ragi has been increased to 6 & 7 months respectively from the earlier period of 3 months.
  • This would increase procurement and consumption of these commodities, as the states would have more time to distribute these commodities in the Target Public Distribution System/ Other Welfare Schemes.
  • Government procures coarse grains mainly from Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
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