Govt readies blueprint to control inflation

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday emphasised that there was a need for coordinated action by the Central Government and the States to contain price increase of essential food items.

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FoodMin has proposed 10% import duty on wheat: Paswan

FoodMin has proposed 10% import duty on wheat: Paswan

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said his ministry has proposed 10 percent import duty on wheat to curb cheaper shipments as the country already has surplus stock.

Row over Sushma Swaraj blown out of proportions: Paswan

Asserting that Lalitgate was not a corruption issue, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said it has been 'blown out of proportion' by the media and the truth would emerge in days ahead.

Bad monsoon will not affect us, says Paswan

Amid apprehensions of deficient monsoon this year, Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Thursday said it will not "affect" us as the country has "sufficient" food that can last for at least one year.

NDA will get maximum seats in Bihar polls, says Paswan

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday exuded confidence that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will get maximum seats in the ensuing Bihar Assembly elections.

Paswan slams Nitish Kumar for sloppy paddy procurement

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday slammed Bihar government for alleged sloppy pace of paddy procurement despite twice extending the deadline by the Centre and said if Nitish Kumar ministry was "incompetent" to do so, the FCI was ready to step in.

Food Minister favours sugar export subsidy for upto 1.4 million tonnes

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said his ministry is in favour of extending export subsidy to only 1.4 million tonnes of raw sugar in the ongoing 2014-15 marketing year.

Centre to approach states for amendments in APMC Act

Under the APMC Act, mandis are established at different places within the state and farmers can sell their produce through auction at these mandis only.

Govt examining extension of export subsidy on sugar

The government is examining cash-starved sugar industry's demand for extending export subsidy on raw sweetener to 2014-15 marketing year, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Wednesday.

Centre warns 25 States/UTs to implement food law by April

The food law, passed by Parliament in September last year, has so far been rolled out only in 11 states and Union Territories. Remaining 25 states/UTs have not yet implemented the scheme.

Food law: Centre calls meet of 25 states tomorrow

The Centre has called Wednesday a meeting of Food Secretaries of 25 states/UTs, which have not implemented the National Food Security Act even though Parliament had passed the legislation more than a year ago.

Manjhi ministers return to share dias with him

A day after ruling JD(U) cut a sorry figure with five ministers skipping a function in which Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was present, two of them shared the dias with him on Friday.

Paswan sets deadline to meet Food Security Act standards

The minister said every state and UTs implementing the Act would have to put list of beneficiaries online.

No plans to raise PDS grain supply from 5kg to 7kg: Paswan

The government has no plans to raise subsidised foodgrain allocations from 5 kg to 7 kg per person a month under the National Food Security Act, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday.

Committee on FCI restructuring to hold first meeting on Sep 8

"The meeting of the committee has been scheduled on September 8. It will discuss the overhauling of the FCI, which is plagued by functional and cost inefficiencies," Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Paswan asks states to rise above politics to control prices

The current price rise is a temporary phenomenon created by hoarders, he said.

Need to set up godowns to store onion, potato: Paswan

To check volatility in prices of onion and potato, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Thursday said there is a need to set up warehouses for storing these two commodities to ensure supply during the lean season.

Centre to discuss on food inflation with State Mins Friday

In order to control food inflation, the Centre has called a meeting of state food ministers on Friday to discuss other possible ways to rein in prices effectively in the backdrop of poor monsoon this year.

Govt pushes back rollout of Food Security Act by 3 months

"The deadline for implementation of National Food Security Act expires on July 4. The government has decided to extend the deadline by three months," Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.