Achievements of the Social Justice Ministry on Completion of 8 years.

On the occasion of celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of independence and glorious journey of achieving the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virender Kumar today held a Press conference about the Achievements of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the last 8 Years.

Dr. Virender Kumar informed that the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment is endeavoring to achieve the vision of building an inclusive society by empowering socially, educationally and economically marginalized sections like Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Senior Citizens, Victims of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Transgender Persons, Beggars, De-notified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs), Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS).This Department has been implementing various schemes for upliftment of members of aforesaid target groups.

Following are the achievements of the Department from financial year 2014-15 to 2021-22:-

1. Various schemes for educational upliftment of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) have been implementing. An amount of ₹ 36164 Crore has been spent since the financial year 2014-15 and over 11 Crore students have been benefited by the following schemes:-

  • Pre-Matric Scholarship to SC Students and Others: 224.70 lakh beneficiarie and  expenditure approx. Rs. 3280.07 crore.

  • Post Matric Scholarship to the SC Students: 434.29 lakh beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 24968.55 Crore.

  • A component of PradhanMantri – AnusuchitJatiAbhyudayYojana (PM –AJAY):Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhtrawas Yojana : Rs. 342.5 Crore sanctioned for construction of 173 hostels, which benefitted about 15800 beneficiaries.

  • Higher Education For Young Achievers (SHREYAS):

      • Free Coaching Scheme for SC and OBC students (FCS),-approx 19437 beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 91.37 Crore since 2014-15.
      • Top Class Scholarship Scheme for SCs (TCS),-approx 17817 beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 313.48crore since 2014-15.
      • National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for SC etc. students (NOS),-534 beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 152.23crore since 2014-15.
      • National Fellowship Scheme for SCs (NFSc)-18036 beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 1511.65crore since 2014-15

  • Scheme for Residential Education in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SRESHTA): Total Rs. 247 Crore spent benefitting total 1,55,715 SC students.

  • PM Young Achievers Scholarship Award Scheme for Vibrant India for OBCs and Others (PM –YASASVI) having following five sub-schemes:-

    • Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC, EBC and DNT Students -563.9 lakh      beneficiaries and  expenditure approx. Rs. 1195.33 Crore
    • Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC, EBC and DNT Students-302.05 lakh beneficiaries and expenditure approx. Rs. 8186.56 crore
    • Top Class School Education for OBC, EBC and DNT Students-New initiative has been taken.
    • Construction of Hostel for OBC Boys and Girls- expenditure approx. Rs. 260.70 crore for construction of Hostels having 16870 seats.

  1. Department has spent approx 10304 Crore on Social Defence front and over 42 lakh persons have been benefitted during last 08 years.

  • AtalVayoAbhyudayYojana (AVYAY)

      • National Action Plan for Senior Citizens (NAPSrC)- Total Beneficiaries since 2014 are 271365 and expenditure approx. Rs 334 Crore.
      • RashtriyaVayoshriYojana (RVY)- 8,30,739 assistive devices amounting to Rs. 182.06Crore have been distributed to 2,40,490 persons in 236 camps.
      • Livelihood & Skilling Initiatives for Senior Citizens-

  1. Scheme for Elderly Self Help Group has been started in 2021-22.
  2. Senior Able Citizens for Re-Employment in Dignity (SACRED) Portal was launched on 01.10.2021.

      • Silver Economy (SAGE portal) : 09 Start ups have been selected in the financial year 2021-22.

  • Scheme for prevention of Alcohalism and Substance Abuse:

      • National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR)- Total Beneficiaries since 2014 are 11,35,292 and expenditure of Rs. approx. 839.09 Crore
      • Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA)- Presently, about 357 IRCAs, 78 ODICs, 55 CPLIs and 35 ATFs are spread all over the country.Through the various activities undertaken on-ground 2.46+ Crore people reached out so far including 1.17 Crore youth & 30 lakh women

  • Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise (SMILE):

      • Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons
      • Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging
      • Rs.1,75,03,200 has been spent in SMILE in 2021-22.

  1. Being the nodal ministry for prevention of atrocities, The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities){PoA} Act, 1989 enacted with a view to, inter-alia, preventing atrocities against members of SCs and STs; has been made more deterrent and effective by inserting clause 18(A) in the Act and modifying its rules in the year 2018 to set up egalitarian society across the country.

  • Total number of Atrocity victims provided relief : 435382 with amount : Rs. 3073.77 Crore
  • Inter-caste marriage initiatives: 164325 couples benefitted.

  1. Ministry has enacted “The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019” to provide protection of rights to transgender persons and for their welfare.

  1. By taking historic decision, 10% reservation has been provided for the Economically Weaker Sections by inserting 15(6) and 16(6) articles in the Constitution of India through its 103rd Amendment in the year 2019.

  1. This Department has been implementing various skill developments and loaning schemes through its Corporations for making marginalized sections of the society economically empowered and Atmanirbhar also. Over 20 lakh persons from the marginalized sections from SCs, OBCs, DNTs, EBCs and Safai Karamcharis have been benefited by spending amount of 8286 Crore since the financial year 2014-15.

  1. In the honour of Dr. B R Ambedkar, we were fortunate to build Panchtirth at five places:-

  • Amedbkar’s birthplace in Mhow
  • The place in London where he stayed while studying in the UK
  • DeekshaBhoomi in Nagpur, where he took education
  • MahaparinirvanSthal in Delhi and
  • ChaityaBhoomi in Mumbai.

  1. Dr. Amberdkar International Centre (DAIC) has also been built up at Janpath in Delhi to reduce Socio-economic inequalities by conducting rigorous and authoritative research.

  1. This Department has set up a National Helpline for prevention of atrocities on members of SCs/STs, Toll free No. “14566”. National Helpline for Sr. Citizens has also been provided on Toll free no. “14567”.

  1. All the schemes and projects have been started executing through e- files only by adopting 100% Go-green. This Department has strengthened e-governance and ensured 100% transparency by implementing IT enabled system for making end –to- end activities online. ‘e-Anudaan’ portal, has been developed and made operational where all the proposals from NGOs/Trusts/Societies etc are received and processed On line.

Department through various programs and schemes will always be striving to build an inclusive society wherein adequate support is provided to members of target groups for their development and making them economically and socially self-reliant across the country.

Speaking about the major achievements of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities during the last 8 years, the Minister informed  that the Legislative Reform: Enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016: Government enacted the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 on 28.12.2016. The Act came into force from 19.04.2017. Central Rules were notified on 15.06.2017. Till date, 32 States/ UTs have notified the Act. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu and Ladakh have not notified the Act till date. He said the Main features of the RPwD Act, 2016 are:-

  • A rights based legislation unlike the PwD Act, 1995, which was welfare based.
  • Categories of Disabilities increased from 7 to 21. On 04.01.2018 Guidelines for assessment of these disabilities were prescribed.
  • Reservation in Government jobs for Persons with Disabilities increased from 3% to 4%. On 15.01.2018, DoPT issued instructions to provide 4% reservation of the total number of vacancies in direct recruitment to the persons with disabilities.
  • On 04.01.2021, the Ministry notified a list of 3566 posts (1046 – Group A; 515-Group B; 1724- Group C and 281-Group D) identified suitable for reservation for PwDs.
  • On 17.05.2022, the Central Government issued instructions providing for 4% reservation in promotion for persons with benchmark disabilities in the cadre strength within Group C, from Group C to Group B, within Group B to the lowest rung of Group A.
  • Reservation in seats for students with disabilities in Govt./Govt. aided higher educational institutions increased from 3% to 5%.
  • It focuses on creating accessible environment for PwDs in built-up environment, transportation system and ICT eco system.
  • It also focuses on promoting participation of PwDs in skill development, sports and recreation.

  • International  Cooperation in disability sector:

  • India has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and subsequently ratified the same on October 1, 2007.
  • India is also a Party to the Incheon Strategy “To make the Right Real” for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and Pacific Region since 2012.
  • India has signed a MoU with Government of Australia for cooperation in disability sector on 22nd November, 2018. Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Project is being implemented in collaboration of University of Melbourne which is in line with the area of cooperation mentioned in the said MoU.
  • On 27th April, 2022, Union Cabinet has also approved the proposal of this Department to enter into a bilateral agreement with Government of Chile for cooperation in disability sector.
  • An MoU is under process to be signed with Government of South Africa for cooperation in disability sector.

  • Two new National Institutes- Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) set up in 2015 and National Institute of Mental Health Rehabilitation (NIMHR) established in 2019.

    • ISLRTC developed of ISL Dictionary. Launched 3rd Edition of the Dictionary with total 10000 terms on 17.02.2021.
    • ISLRTC signed an MoU with NCERT on 06.10.2020 to convert textbooks of class I to XII into ISL (Digital Format). ISL e-content of NCERT textbooks of classes I-V launched on 23rd September, 2021.

  • 13 new Composite Regional Centres as outreach/ extension centres of respective NIs established – one each in the States/UTs of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, A&N Islands, Meghalaya and Manipur.
  • Various buildings of National Institutes & their Regional & Composite Regional Centres (CRCs) constructed at a cost of Rs. 258.82 crores to facilitate smooth service delivery to PwDs.
  • Centre for Disability Sports set up at Gwalior to provide state-of-the art training facilities for Divyang Sports Persons which is likely to be made functional in 2022. Another such centre is proposed at Shillong.
  • Modernisation of ALIMCO sanctioned at a cost of Rs 338.04 crore with financial support of Rs 200.00 crore from Central Government.
  • ALIMCO Auxiliary Production Centres were set up in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh at the cost of Rs.13.94 crores. 
  • State of the Art ALIMCO Auxillary Production Centre is being setup in Faridabad, Haryana at the cost of Rs.55.00 crores. The centre is to be completed during July, 2022. The centre is to be completed during July, 2022.
  • 14 Cross Disability Early Identification Centres (CDEIC) (0-6 years) established at 7 National Institutes at Delhi, Dehradun, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Cuttackand 7 Composite Regional Centres at Lucknow, Sundernagar, Nellore, Rajnandgaon, Kozhikode, Patna and Bhopal in June, 2021.
  • Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fitting of aids and appliances (ADIP) scheme revised from April, 2022 for providing contemporary aids and assistive devices to Divyangjan and supporting cochlear implant surgery for children with hearing impairment (0-5 years) @ Rs 7 lakh per beneficiary and Rs. 6.00 lakh in case of children with acquired hearing loss between 5 to 18 years. Aids and assistive devices worth Rs 1389.35 crores distributed to 22.38 lakh Divyangjan and 4170 cochlear implant surgeries supported.
  • Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) and District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) scheme revised w.e.f. 01.04.2018 enhancing the cost norms by 2.5 times. Rs 561.00 crores released benefitting 2.83 lakh beneficiaries.
  • New Scholarship Schemes such as pre-matric, post-matric, top class education, National Overseas and free coaching for students with disabilities launched from 2014-15 onwards. Scholarships amounting to Rs 555.35 crore released to 1.84 lakh students with disabilities.
  • Accessible India Campaign launched in December, 2015 for creation of barrier free environment in public buildings, transportation and ICT eco system – 585 buildings of the States/UTs and 1030 Central Government Buildings have been made barrier free through support from the Department under Accessible India Campaign with the release of Rs 553.59 crores.
  • Under SIPDA and National Action Plan, Skill Training to 1.94 lakh Divyangjans was imparted at a cost of Rs. 204.68 crore.
  • Unique Disability Identity Card Project launched in 2016-17 to create a national database of persons with disabilities. As on 01.06.2022, 73.89 lakh Unique Disability ID cards generated in 716 Districts across all States/UTs.
  • 5 Divya Kala Shakti events organized (02 at National Level and 03 at Regional Level) since 2019, to showcase the inner potential of children and youth with disabilities in performing and fine arts.
  • Participants in the 2020 Paralympics held at Tokyo were felicitated by the Department.
  • Department and office of CCPD jointly organized a two days’ sensitization workshop on 4th to 5th March, 2022 at Kevadia, Gujarat to create awareness about the RPwD Act, 2016, various initiatives and the Schemes & Programmes of Government of India for empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and roles and responsibilities of the States therein.



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Year of massive achievements of Department of Food and Public Distribution

PMGKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) emerged as game changer scheme of Centre to ensure food security to vulnerable section of population in Covid times in last one year.

During the last one year, the Department of Food and Public Distribution under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has been continuously working towards providing free ration to poor as a response to COVID-19 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).

An expenditure of nearly Rs. 2.60 lakh Crore in PMGKAY Phase I- V is expected to incurred in total on the unique food security scheme in which free food grains are being given to almost 80 crore people over and above the distribution under NFSA.

Several key initiatives of the Department of Food and Public Distribution are:

In 2021, owing to the on-going severe Covid-19 pandemic across the country and the economic disruptions in its wake, the Hon’ble Prime Minister had announced to implement the “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” (PM-GKAY) for a period of two months i.e., May 2021 and April 2021 at an estimated expenditure of upto Rs. 26,602 Crore, on the same lines as PMGKAY 2020. A total allocation of over 79 LMT of food grains was allocated for the purpose. Around 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries had received 5 Kg additional free-of-cost foodgrains (wheat or rice) under the scheme.

On a review of the continuing COVID 19 situation in the country and to help the poor and the needy during the crisis, Hon’ble Prime Minister, in his address to the Nation on 07.06.2021, announced the extension of the PMGKAY (2021) Scheme for a further period of five months up to November,2021. Accordingly, the scheme was extended for five more months i.e. July to November, 2021 at an estimated expenditure of up to Rs. 67266.44 Crore. A total of about 198.78 LMT of food grains were allocated for the purpose. Around 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries had received 5 Kg additional free-of-cost food grains (wheat or rice) for the months of July to November, 2021, under the scheme.

In view of the prevailing situation in the country due to Covid-19, the scheme has been further extended for further period of four months i.e. from December, 2021 to March, 2022. Accordingly, a total allocation of about 163 LMT of food grains will be allocated to the States for free of cost distribution to beneficiaries at an estimated expenditure of up to Rs. 53344.52 Crore.

           Special emphasis is laid on providing nutritional ration through another scheme. ‘Fortification of Rice’. The PM of India in his address on the 75th Independence Day (15th August, 2021) made an announcement on Fortification of Rice inter-alia. :-

“Providing nutrition to every poor person of the country is also a priority of this government. Malnutrition and lack of essential nutrients in poor women and poor children poses major obstacles in their development. In view of this, it has been decided that the government will fortify the rice given to the poor under its various schemes. Will give rice fortified with nutrition to the poor. Be it the rice available at the ration shop, the rice provided to the children in the mid-day meal, or the rice available through every scheme, it shall be fortified by the year 2024”.

In order to address anaemia and micro-nutrient deficiency in the country, Government of India approved Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on “Fortification of Rice & its Distribution under Public Distribution System” for a period of 3 years beginning in 2019-20. Fifteen State Governments i.e Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand & Madhya Pradesh have consented and identified their respective Districts (Preferably 1 District Per State) for implementation of the Pilot Scheme. Out of these, 11 States- Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand have started the distribution of fortified rice under pilot scheme.

This Department in association with Ministry of Women & Child Development and Department of School Education & Literacy has started distribution of Fortified Rice under ICDS and PM Poshan (erstwhile Mid-Day Meal scheme) Schemes across the country during this year in an effort to scale up the distribution of fortified rice in the country to help in fighting deficiency of micronutrients like Iron, Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12. FCI has procured nearly 18.89 LMT of Fortified rice so far all over the country to distribute under ICDS/MDM in the States/UTs.

Meanwhile various Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) reforms are done like:

  • 100% digitized ration cards/beneficiaries’ data under NFSA in all States/UTs. Details of almost 23.5 Crore ration Cards covering nearly 80 Crore beneficiaries are available on transparency portals of States/UTs.
  • More than 93% Aadhaar seeding of ration cards (at least one member), whereas nearly 90% beneficiaries are also Aadhaar seeded at the national level.
  • More than 95% (5.09 Lakh of total 5.33 Lakh) Fair Price Shops (FPSs) in the country are automated using electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices for transparent and ensured distribution of subsidized food grains to beneficiaries.
  • Nationally, achieved nearly 88%biometrically/Aadhaar authenticated distribution of monthly allocated food grains to States/UTs under NFSA.

Further, due to use of technology in TPDS operations since 2013, i.e. digitization of ration cards/beneficiary databases, Aadhaar seeding, de-duplication of databases, detection of ineligible, inactive/silent ration cards (may be due to death/migration of beneficiaries) and during the run-up to and implementation of NFSA, a total of about 4.74 Crore ration cards have been weeded out by States/UTs during the period 2013 to 2021 (till date), enabling the States/UTs to better utilise their respective coverage for achieving rightful targeting of eligible beneficiaries.

  • Portability of Ration Cards: The portability of ration cards, which was initially started as interState portability in 8 States in August 2019, was evolved into seamless national portability of ration cards in 12 States by January 2020. Since then, up to November 2021, the national portability under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan is progressively enabled in a total of 34 States/UTs covering nearly 75 Crore beneficiaries (about 94.3% NFSA population) to lift their foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) of choice in these States/UTs using their same/existing ration card. 2 more States of Assam and Chhattisgarh are expected to be integrated with the national ONORC cluster shortly.
  • Food security response to COVID-19 pandemic: During COVID-19 crisis, the technology driven TPDS operations in the country swiftly scaled-up to double the monthly distribution of foodgrains to about all 80 Crore beneficiaries. During the period May to December 2021, the Department had allocated nearly 665 Lakh MT of foodgrains (about 347LMT under normal monthlyNFSA and318LMT under the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana)

    • Under PM-GKAY, additional free-of-cost foodgrains at a scale of 5 Kg/person/month were also distributed to all NFSA beneficiaries for a period of 8 months (May to December 2021).
    • Till November 2021, 94% (about 261LMT of 278LMT till November 2021) foodgrains are distributed under the scheme. Further, distribution for December 2021 is under progress.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has made efforts facilitating smooth movement of foodgrains

  • During 2021 (i.e. from January, 2021 upto 30.11.2021), 258 containerized rakes moved with approx. freight savings of Rs. 433 lakhs.

  • FCI is also undertaking multi-modal transportation of rice involving coastal shipping and road movement from designated depots of Andhra Pradesh to designated depots in Kerala. During 2021 (i.e. from January, 2021 upto November, 2021) 40551 MT was moved based on cost economics in comparison to the conventional mode of transportation.

  • FCI has moved heavy quantity of foodgrains despite inconveniences associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to reach foodgrains to support the needy. Total 29230 rakes of foodgrains with approximate quantity of 818.43 LMT have been loaded from 24.03.2020 to 12.12.2021.

The procurement of foodgrains is also progressed smoothly in 2021-22 seasons

  • During KMS 2021-22, a quantity of 396.77 LMTs of paddy (265.96 LMT in terms of rice) has been procured upto 19.12.2021 during Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2021-22 benefiting 38.40 Lac farmers with MSP value of Rs. 77,766.76 crore.
  • During RMS 2021-22, a quantity of 433.44 LMT of Wheat was procured (which is all time high) in Marketing Season RMS 2021-22 benefiting 49.20 Lac farmers with MSP value of Rs. 85,603.57 crore.

Similarly, procurement of coarse grains also progressed smoothly

  • During KMS 2020-21(Rabi) and KMS 2021-22, this Department approved the procurement plan of various State Governments for procurement of coarse grains as per extant guidelines dated-21.03.2014/26.12.2014 which are revised vide letter dated-07.12.2021 details of which are as follows:

Statement showing the Approved Quantity of coarse grains KMS 2021-22

As on 13.12.2021

Figures in Metric Tonne (MT)




Approved Qunatity






Uttar Pradesh










Madhya Pradesh




















KMS 2020-21 (Rabi)

S. No.



Approved Quantity









  • Revised Guidelines for procurement, allocation, distribution and disposal of coarse grains: To obviate difficulties being faced by some States in procurement/distribution of coarse grains and to increase procurement of coarse grain under Central Pool, the guidelines were revised. The highlights are as follows:

  1. Procurement and distribution period of Jowar and Ragi has been increased to 9 & 10 months respectively from the earlier period of 6 months only. This would increase procurement and consumption of these commodities as the State would have more time to distribute these commodities in TPDS/OWS.
  2. Provision of inter-state transportation of surplus coarse grains through Food Corporation of India (FCI) is incorporated to cater for advance demand placed by consuming state before the start of procurement.
  3. New guidelines would increase procurement/consumption of coarse grains through Public Distribution System (PDS). As these crops are normally grown on marginal and un-irrigated land, therefore, enhanced cropping of these would encourage sustainable agriculture and crop diversification. With the increased procurement, number of farmers benefitting from the procurement of these crops, would also increase.
  4. Marginal and poor farmers who are also PDS beneficiaries will gain due to procurement and then distribution of millets at Rs.1 per kg. Region specific coarse grains can be distributed for local consumption saving transportation cost of wheat/rice.
  5. Coarse grains are highly nutritive, non-acid-forming, gluten-free and having dietary properties. Besides, to strengthen our fight against malnutrition in children and adolescents, consumption of coarse grains would help to foster immunity and health.

Besides, steps were taken through Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic)

  • Through Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic) (OMSS (D)) 2021-22, a total quantity of 60.08 Lakh MT of wheat and 7.87 Lakh MT of rice have been sold in the open market till 1st tender of December, 2021 i.e. 02.012.2021.
  • Under OMSS (D) 2020-21 policy, a sub scheme for supply of Foodgrains to all the charitable/ non- governmental organizations etc. engaged in relief/running community kitchens for migrant labours/vulnerable groups due to the lock down condition, was introduced w.e.f. 08.04.2020.

  • Special dispensation was initially upto June, 2020 and it was extended at the same rate, terms and conditions for the rest of the year 2020-21. Under this dispensation, in the year 2020-21,1126 organizations have lifted 10422 MT of rice and 230 organizations have lifted 1,246 MT of till 25.03.2021. Further, in view of resurgence of COVID pandemic, the said scheme/special dispensation is further extended till 31st March 2022 or till further order, whichever is later, at the same rate, terms and conditions vide this Department letter dated 30.04.2021.

  • During current FY 2021-22, 34 organizations have lifted 847 MT of rice and 6 organizations have lifted 10 MT of wheat as on 08.12.2021.”

Food Aid was also provided to countries on Humanitarian ground.

  • Supply of 1000 MT of non-basmati rice to Madagascar as humanitarian assistance
  • Supply of 1000 MT of non-basmati rice to Comoros as humanitarian assistance

Various measures were taken to stabilize sugar sector and sugar prices:

Excess production during last three sugar seasons 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 has been continuously depressing the ex-mill price of sugar. This has adversely affected the realization on sale of sugar resulting in accumulation of cane price arrears of farmers for these sugar seasons. In order to maintain demand supply balance, to stabilize sugar prices and to improve liquidity position of sugar mills thereby enabling them to clear cane price dues of farmers, the Government took following measures for sugar season 2020-21 (October to September) in addition to the ongoing measures taken during previous sugar seasons:

  • Government vide notification dated 29.12.2020 notified scheme for providing assistance to sugar mills for expenses on export of 60 LMT of sugar to the extent of Maximum Admissible Export Quantity (MAEQ) for sugar season 2020-21. Under the scheme, Government has provided a lump sum assistance @ Rs 6000/MT (which was reduced to Rs.4000/LMT w.e.f. 20.05.2021) to sugar mills to facilitate export in sugar season 2020-21 for which an estimated expenditure of Rs 3500 Cr would be borne by Govt. Due to this, against the total 60 LMT of sugar; 70 LMT of sugar was exported in sugar season 2020-21, highest for any season.
  • The Government has allowed production of ethanol from sugar/sugar syrup in addition to sugarcane juice. Further with a view to support sugar sector and in the interest of sugarcane farmers, the Government has fixed the remunerative ex-mill price of ethanol derived from C- heavy molasses @Rs.46.66/litre; from B-heavy molasses @ R.59.08/litre and @Rs.63.45/litre for the ethanol derived from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup for ethanol supply year 2021-22 (December, 2021 – November, 2022). To increase production of fuel grade ethanol, Government. is also encouraging distilleries to produce ethanol from maize & rice available with FCI.

As a result of measures taken by Government as on 09.12.2021, about Rs.88889 crore have been paid to farmers out of total cane price dues of about Rs.92880 crore for sugar season 2020-21, thus, 95% cane dues have been cleared.

  • Production of Hand-sanitizer:
  • Keeping in view the crucial role of sanitizer in the fight against COVID-19 and on the recommendation of CoS, DFPD coordinated with industry and State Governments to encourage the industry to produce hand sanitizer.
  • Prior to Covid-19, the annual sale of hand sanitizers was only about 10 lakh litre per annum and was mainly used in the hospitals.
  • With the collective efforts of DFPD & State Governments, 912 distilleries/independent manufacturers were accorded permissions to produce hand sanitizer.
  • Installed capacity for production of hand sanitizer increased substantially to 30 lakh litre per day. As on 30.11.2021, more than 5 crore litre of hand sanitizer has been produced.
  • Keeping in view the sufficient availability of hand sanitizer at reasonable price in the country, export of sanitizer has also been allowed.
  • Diversion of excess sugar to ethanol and Augmentation of Ethanol Production Capacity under Ethanol Blended with Petrol (EBP) Programme:
  • Government has fixed target of 10% blending of fuel grade ethanol with petrol by 2022 & 20% blending by 2025. To achieve blending targets, Government is encouraging sugar mills and distilleries to enhance their distillation capacities for which Government is facilitating them to avail loans from banks for which interest subvention @ 6% or 50% of the interest charged by the banks whichever is lower is being borne by Government.
  • In year 2013, ethanol distillation capacity of molasses based distilleries was 215 cr litres. However, in past 7 ½ years due to the policy changes made by the Government, the capacity of molasses based distilleries have been doubled and are currently at 519 cr litres. Supply of ethanol to OMCs was only 38 crore litres with blending levels of only 1.53 % in ethanol supply year (ESY) 2013-14. Production of fuel grade ethanol and its supply to OMCs has increased by about 8 times from 2013-14 to 2020-21; about 302.30 Cr ltrs ethanol have been supplied to OMCs for blending thereby achieving 8.10% blending in 2020-21. The details of Ethanol supplied for blending and percentage of blending achieved since 2013-14 is as under:-

Ethanol Supply Year

(December – November)

Qty Supplied (crore litres)

Blending Percentage



1.53 %



2.33 %





















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