The primary policy objective of the Department of Food & Public Distribution is to ensure food security for the country through timely and efficient procurement and distribution of Food grains. This involves procurement of various Food grains, building up and maintenance of food stocks, their storage, movement and delivery to the distributing agencies and monitoring of production, stock and price levels of Food grains.
The focus is on incentivizing farmers through fair value of their produce by way of Minimum Support Price mechanism, distribution of Food grains to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and covering poor households at the risk of hunger under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), establishing grain banks in food scarce areas and involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Public Distribution System (PDS).
The Department is also responsible for formulation of policies concerning the sugar sector such as fixing of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane payable by Sugar factories, development and regulation of sugar industry (including training in sugar technology) and regulation of supply of free sale sugar. The Department also formulates policies on export and import of Food grains, sugar and edible oils.
The Department of Food and Public Distribution is responsible for the management of the food economy of the nation. It undertakes various activities, such as procurement of food items, storage, movement, and delivery to the distributing agencies. This section provides requisite information pertaining to the Central, State Government Departments, and various other institutions handling the public distribution system. Information related to commodities, consumer affairs, consumer cooperatives, and schemes is also available in this section.
THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE FOLLOWING WORK
- Implementation of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
- Implementation of Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016
- Implementation of Standards of Weights and Measures – The Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
- Regulation of Packaged Commodities.
- The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955) (Supply, Prices and Distribution of Essential Commodities not dealt with specifically by any other Department).
- Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supply of Essential Commodities Act, 1980(7 of 1980).
- Monitoring of prices and availability of essential commodities.
- Internal Trade
- Training in Legal Metrology.
- The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1952.
- Laying down specifications, standards and codes and ensuring quality control of bio-fuels for end uses.
- Consumer Cooperatives
- National Test House.