Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is a government ministry of India. The Ministry is headed by a minister of Cabinet rank. The current Minister of state with independent charge is K.V. Thomas.
The ministry is divided into two departments, the Department of Food and Public Distribution and the Department of Consumer Affairs .
Department of Food and Public Distribution
The objectives of the Department are to ensure
- The remunerative rates for the farmers
- Supply of food grains at reasonable prices to the consumers through the public distribution system.
Public Distribution System
The Indian Public Distribution System (PDS) is a national food security system that distributed subsidized food to India's poor. Major commodities distributed include wheat, rice, sugar, and kerosene. Surpluses of food from increased crop yields (as a result of the Green Revolution and good monsoon seasons) are managed by the Food Corporation of India, established by the Food Corporation Act 1964, implements national policy for farm price support, operations, procurement, storage, preservation, inter-state movement and distribution operations. PDS has a network of about 478,000 Fair Price Shops (FPS), perhaps the largest distribution network of its type in the world, operated by the Union Government and state governments.
Department of Consumer Affairs
The Department of Consumer affairs administers the policies for Consumer Cooperatives, Monitoring Prices, availability of essential commodities, Consumer Movement in the country and Controlling of statutory bodies like Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS) and Weights and Measures.
The department is responsible for following:
- Standards of Weights and Measures
- The Bureau of Indian Standards
- Consumer Cooperatives
- Forward Markets Commission, Mumbai.
- Monitoring of Prices and Availability of essential commodities
- The Consumer Protection Act, 1986
- Consumer Welfare Fund
- Internal Trade
- Inter-State Trade: The Spirituous Preparations (Inter-State Trade and Commerce) Control Act, 1955 (39 of 1955).
- Control of Futures Trading: the Forward Contracts (Regulations) Act, 1952 (74 of 1952).
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The Public Sector Undertaking (PSU)s under the administrative control of Dept. of Public Distribution are:
- "Dept of Consumer Affairs - Overview". Dept of Consumer Affairs. Retrieved 4 January 2013.