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States advised to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables to check prices

500 cr provide for establishing a Price Stabilization Fund with the objective of protecting the farmers from price volatility in agricultural produce.

July 25, 2014 2:35 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Center has advised the States to allow free movement of fruits and vegetables by delisting them from the APMC Act so that availability can be ensured from surplus markets to the areas where these are in short supply.

An advisory to States has been issued to take action against hoarding & black marketing and effectively enforce the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 & the Prevention of Black-marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Briefing about the recent steps taken by the Government to improve the availability and to contain prices of essential food items, the Minister said in the union budget 2014-15, a sum of Rs.500 crore has been provided for establishing a Price Stabilization Fund with the objective of protecting the farmers from price volatility in agricultural produce.

The Minister said States have been also advised to impose stock limits in respect of onion and potato for a period of one year with effect from 3rd July, 2014 under the Essential Commodities Act.

Based on interaction with the State Governments/UTs on 4th July, 2014, a decision has been taken to amend the Essential Commodities Act to make hoarding and black marketing a non bailable offence and increase the period of detention to one year from existing six months.

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