The Government of India has decided to set up a High Level Committee (HLC) of experts to recommend restructuring of Food Corporation of India after considering various aspects of present structure and functional areas of the organization and consulting various stakeholders.
Member of Parliament, Shanta Kumar has been appointed Chairman of the committee, Prof. G Raghuram, Dean, IIM Ahmedabad, Dr. Ashok Gulati,, Former Chairman, Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices, Prof Gunmadi Nancharaiah, Dean, School of Economics, University of Hyderabad, CMD of FCI, and Chief Secretaries of Haryana and Punjab will be the members of the committee.
The committee will examine the present day administrative, functional and financial structure of FCI and modus operandi of its various operations, to study various models of restructuring or unbundling of and to suggest a best suited model for restructuring or unbundling of FCI to improve its operational efficiency and financial management. The HLC to suggest measures for overall improvement in management of foodgrains by FCI, to define or give suggestions to reorient the role and functions of FCI in MSP operations, storage and distribution of foodgrains and food security systems of the country.
The committee will further suggest a way forward for strengthening and integration of supply chain of foodgrains in the country and to suggest most efficient and cost effective model from the point of view of storage and least cost option of moving foodgrains.
The HLC will prepare a Consultation Paper relating to its Terms of Reference (TORs) for circulation among the various stake holders as well as placing it in public domain to invite comments and suggestions. The HLC may visit a few States and will take evidence from State Government authorities, farmers, various players of foodgrains supply chain, public persons etc.
(With inputs from PIB)