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Govt nod on bailout package to sugar mills likely before X'mas

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 15:15

Government is likely to take a final call before this Christmas on a bailout package for the sugar industry that includes Rs 7,200 crore of interest-free bank loans to pay dues to sugarcane growers, Food Minister K V Thomas said Wednesday.

'Next CCEA meet to decide on duty hike of refined edible oil'

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 18:52

The government is considering a duty hike of refined edible oil and the decision in this regard will be taken in the next CCEA meeting, Food Minister K V Thomas said on Tuesday.

Food security programme won`t adversely impact economy: Thomas

Last Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 22:50

Dismissing fears of a sharp spike in fiscal deficit because of food security programme, Food Minister KV Thomas said additional subsidy burden will only be Rs 10,000 crore spread over next one year.

Wheat procurement by govt agencies to fall by 33 pc: Govt

Last Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013, 13:08

Wheat procurement by government agencies this year will fall to about 25 million tonne from 38 million tonne last year due aggressive buying by private traders, Food Minister K V Thomas said today.

Foodgrains worth Rs 236.32 crore lost in April-June: KV Thomas

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 06, 2013, 19:01

The government has incurred a loss of Rs 236.32 crore till June this fiscal due to damage of FCI foodgrains in storage and transit, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

Congress prepares to cash-in electorally on food security scheme

Last Updated: Monday, July 08, 2013, 21:35

With the Lok Sabha elections not far away, Congress is expected to pull out all the stops in propagating the food security scheme that will provide right to cheap food grains to 82 crore people.

HC dismisses plea for vigilance probe against Kerala Minister

Last Updated: Monday, July 08, 2013, 21:09

Kerala High Court dismissed petition seeking vigilance inquiry against Civil Supplies and Food Minister Anoop Jacob and 8 others in corruption in paddy procurement by civil supplies corporation.

South-West Monsoon to be satisfactory: Food Minister

Last Updated: Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:31

The government on Friday said that the South-West Monsoon is expected to be satisfactory this year.

Govt to maintain existing foodgrains allocation in Food Bill

Last Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 15:09

The Bill is likely to be presented in the Budget session of Parliament.

Food Bill needs more debate to plug loopholes: CACP chief

Last Updated: Sunday, December 23, 2012, 21:11

A discussion paper co-authored by CACP chief Ashok Gulati has exposed lacunae in the Food Bill and suggested further debate on long-term feasibility of the Congress' big-ticket social welfare programme.

Raise cap on subsidized LPG cylinder: Rawat

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:11

Minster of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs, Harish Rawat, on Tuesday became the second minister from the Congress-led UPA government to demand a raise in the cap on subsidized LPG cylinder.

Sugar output may slip to 23 mn tonnes in 2012-13: Thomas

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 17:33

Sugar output could fall by three million tonnes to 23 million tonnes (MT) in the 2012-13 marketing year starting October on account of poor rains, but supply would be enough to meet demand, Food Minister K V Thomas said.