Ministries of agriculture, food processing and rural development that are directly linked to the common man should be merged to promote better co-ordination, Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
“There are three ministries that are directly linked to the common man and provide employment opportunities to both rich and poor, they are agriculture, food processing and rural development, besides my ministry and agriculture ministry are complementary to each other,” she said while inaugurating a national summit on ‘Warehousing & Logistics@2020,’ organised by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
“I will write a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard,” she added.
The Union Minister said that farmers should be provided loans for storing their produce as they will keep it more safely considering they are aware that it will not fetch much amount if it gets spoiled.
“There should be storage in the first round at the district level to stop inflation for common man and at the same time provide proper compensation to the farmers,” she said.
She further suggested for opening training centres at the district level where students graduating from Sonipat-based National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) can provide training to the local farmers in modern farm techniques.
Talking about the passage of GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bill in Lok Sabha she said, “GST Bill will play a significant role in India’s development, yesterday I had a word with a lot of businessmen from various states most of whom said it will help in ease of doing business and creating hurdles in its passage is equivalent to creating stumbling blocks in country’s economic development.”
“I’ll pray to god to give the opposition a good sense so that this bill gets passed in the Rajya Sabha,” she added.
The minister also said that warehousing sector has a significant role to play in the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Make in India,’ project which aims to provide job to every individual. “Food processing is the only ministry which can play an important role in ‘Make in India,’ as it involves farmers, farms, labour, industry and other stakeholders that form a chain of food processing industry.”