Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Summary

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
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South Block building, housing the Cabinet Secretariat
Agency overview
Formed2 September 1946
JurisdictionRepublic of India
HeadquartersSansad Bhavan, New Delhi
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is a government ministry of India. The Ministry is headed by a Cabinet rank minister.

Departments

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:

  • remunerative rates for the farmers.
  • supply of food grains at reasonable prices through the public distribution system.

Public Distribution System

The Indian Public Distribution System (PDS) is a national food security system that distributes subsidised food to India's poor. Major commodities 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. The system implements national policy for farm price support, operations, procurement, storage, preservation, inter-state movement and distribution. 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 administers the policies for Consumer Cooperatives, price monitoring, essential commodity availability, consumer movement and control of statutory bodies such as the Bureau of Indian Standards(BIS) and Weights and Measures.[1]

The department is responsible for:[1]

  • National Test House
  • 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, 2019
  • 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).

The department regulates the availability and prescribes measures to see that the system works towards the food security of vulnerable people. This intent is to increase dignity, accountability, visibility, positive orientation and changed mind set.

Ministers

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
1 Jawaharlal Nehru 15 August 1945 15 August 1946
2 Rajendra Prasad 15 August 1946 11 August 1947
3 Lord Wavell 11 August 1947 15 August 1947
4 Vallabhbhai Patel Sardar patel (cropped).jpg 15 August 1947 15 December 1947
5 Syed Ali Zaheer 15 December 1947 15 December 1948
6 Lord Mountbatten 15 December 1948 15 December 1949
7 Lord Pethick-Lawrence 15 December 1949 15 December 1950
1 Jawaharlal Nehru 15 December 1950 15 December 1961
8 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1 March 1961 21 March 1961
9 William Hare 21 March 1961 25 March

1962

10 Gulzarilal Nanda 25 March

1962

21 March 1967
11 Morarji Desai Morarji Desai portrait.jpg 21 March 1967 6 December 1969
12 Indira Gandhi 6 December 1969 6 December 1969
13 Charan Singh 6 December 1969 24 March 1970
14 B. D. Jatti 24 March 1970 24 March 1971
15 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy 24 March 1971 24 March 1975
16 Mohammad Hidayatullah 24 March 1975 24 March 1977
17 Jagjivan Ram 24 March 1977 28 July 1979
18 Yashwantrao Chavan Y B Chavan (cropped).jpg 28 July 1979 1980
19 Morarji Desai 1980 1982
20 Chandra Shekhar 2 December 1989 21 June 1991
21 Vishwanath Pratap Singh V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 21 June 1991 5 February 1999
22 Lal Krishna Advani Lkadvani.jpg 5 February 1999 2001
23 Atal Bihari Vajpayee Atal Bihari Vajpayee.jpg 2001 2002
24 Sharad Yadav Sharadyadavjdu.jpg 2002 15 May 2004
25 Sharad Pawar Sharad Govindrao Pawar.jpg 15 May 2004 2014
26 Ram Vilas Paswan Ram Vilas Paswan addressing a press conference on four years achievements of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, in New Delhi.JPG 26 May 2014 8 October 2020
26 Piyush Goyal Piyush Goyal.jpg 09 October 2020 Incumbent

See also

References

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

  1. ^ a b "Dept of Consumer Affairs - Overview". Dept of Consumer Affairs. Archived from the original on 12 December 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.