WTO : Public Stockholding – UPSC Prelims

  • It is a policy tool used by governments to procure, stockpile and distribute food when needed.
  • Currently, public distribution programmes of developing countries are included under trade-distorting Amber Box measures that attract reduction commitments of WTO.
  • India with the group of developing countries is demanding that the programmes for food security purposes be exempted from subsidy reduction commitments of WTO.
  • India has repeatedly demanded a permanent solution for public stockholding issues.
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