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=e, NAFED 60 Yoars in Sooiee HO/IS/DoCA/2020-21/ 22.07.2021 Sh. Sanjay Kaushik, IES, Deputy Director (PSF), Department of Consumers Affairs, Ministry of Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Government of India, Krishi Bhawan,Room No. 486 B New Delhi 110 001 Kaushik.sanjay@gov.i Sui ddpme-ca@gov.in Journalist Quer Sir, This has reference to your letter no. PS-03002/3/2020-PMC dated 14" July, 2021 seeking our comments on the Queries raised by Sh. Shreegireesh Jalihal, Journalist working with The Reporters’ Collective on the above mentioned subject. Accordingly, we give our comments as under: 1. NAFED had chosen to conduct auctions based on OTRs as per the modalities approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs with a view to complete supplies of pulses to the needy one in shortest time possible. Moreover, the objective of the OTR based auction was to convert the raw pulses into milled pulses without paying any extra amount on account of all additional cost incurred during supply of milled pulses to the delivery depots of the States, The distribution of Pulses under the Scheme is different from distribution of Rice/Wheat available with FCI in the manner that Wheat and Rice of edible grade are stored in FCI Depot available in every State at District level. In contrary, Pulses are stored in whole form in few States where its production is surplus. Needless to state that the stocks procured under PSS/PSF are of Fair Average Quality (FAQ) whereas the supplies to the States are made according to State's or FSSAI specifications 2. The cost involved in transportation from warehouse to mill point, loading, unloading, Processing, packing and further transportation to the delivery points varies in each of the auction as the locations of warehouses and delivery points are different. Moreover, the cost of conversion of pulses from FAQ to FSSA\ specifications depends upon the quality of pulses and obviously varies from dal to dal. The millers are expected to bid according to these locations and quality parameters as specified in the bid documents. It is, therefore, not possible to put any floor values and conversion templates before ‘conducting the auctions, 3. To create competition amongst the bidders and realize the best OTRs, NAFED has empanelled more than 500 millers who are given intimation of all the auctions through online system. Further, the bids received from the bidders are assessed / examined / approved by a senior level Committee of Officers of NAFED to ensure that there is no loss to the exchequer and no undue benefit is taken by the miller. if the OTR is found to be not satisfactory or below the expected OTR considering the locations of raw pulses, delivery etc, the same is rejected by the Committee and relisted for bidding til a reasonable bid is received. Wun areca eet aft aeore famert iar mathe (es) NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE MARKETING FEDERATION OF INDIA LTD. [NAFED House, Siddhartha Enclave, Ashram Chows, Ring Road, New Delhi-1100%4 (INDIA) Tel :91-11-26949966, E-mal: vaena@nafed.india.com, Web : wwwnafed-india.com, 10. 1". a) b) Since we had to get raw pulses milled and then supply, only option was conversion from raw pulses to milled pulses and milled pulses were delivered free of cost to state designated delivery locations for distribution. NAFED had allowed millers to deliver first lot of pulses from their end and then pick up raw pulses which are utilized for subsequent milling in view of lockdown all over the country and situation arising out of Covid 19 restrictions. On the other hand, it was the need of the hour to supply pulses to the needy in time. Had this been not done; NAFED could not have ensured timely supplies. NAFED has successfully completed the supply across india in shortest time possible, ‘A well defined SOP has been followed to ascertain the quality of stock supplied under PMGKAY. NAFED not only got the stocks assayed at the mill evel as far as possible but also at delivery points. The State / UT Governments had accepted the stocks only when they were satisfied about quality of the pulses. If there were some complaint for any eason at any point, the stocks were got replaced by the millers to the satisfaction of the States. After successful delivery of stock, maintenance of quality till stock is distributed was responsibilty of state department. The DoCA may like to comment on this The DoCA may like to comment on this. NAFED would however like to state that as per the guidelines dated 18.4.2020 (annexure-I ) issued by the DoCA to all the States, in case of any dispute arising out of quality of pulses, samples would be drawn and sent to independent laboratories for analysis. AS per the approved modalities, the supplies of pulses should confirm to the FSSA\ specifications. Whereas the Department of Civil Supplies, Govt of Gujarat has tested supplied pulses on its own parameters. Secretary, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, State Govt of Gujarat vide letter dated 10.8.2020 (Para-3) clearly mentions that though the stock supplied under PMGKAY confirms to FSSAI specifications, still the department has rejected stock due to non uniformity in grain sizes, which is not a parameter under FSSAI. Copy of letter is placed at annexure-il. in the interest of the NSFM beneficiaries of the state, the department was allowed to test supplied pulses as per its own parameters so that the needy should not suffer in the time of crisis. Nafed purchases stock of pulses under PSS confirming to FAQ specifications. The stock is subsequently transferred to maintain buffer of pulses. It may be concluded that the stock of pulses lying in Buffer are all of same quality. Other facts like season of the stock year of procurement, distance of warehouse from mill point and delivery location, availabilty of vehicle for particular delivery locations, etc have bearing on the outcome of OTR The Miller is given raw pulses according to OTR percentage approved by NAFED. No stock in excess is offered / supplied to the millers. Any other comments The supplies of pulses under PMGKAY were made to State/UT Governments as per the proposal/guidelines approved by Department of Consumer Affairs It was for the first time that NAFED was required to execute an operation of this nature and magnitude. Due to nationwide lockdown which had affected all the activities PAN India, including non-availability of labour, packing material, operation of warehouses, Dall Mills, transportation etc, Thus arranging processing and movement of such a huge volume of stocks in the given situation was a herculean task, especially considering the scattered Vos locations of the processing units. Arranging trucks, rakes, ships and aircrafts amidst lockdown conditions was a great challenge. Due to complete lockdown, the miling units across the country were closed. Several rounds of meetings with State functionaries were ‘organized by DoCA and NAFED to smoothen the task and remove all bottlenecks from time to time. ©) It was the Endeavour of the Central Government to provide immediate food relief to the poor in order to mitigate their suffering during these unprecedented difficult times. The entire supply operation was closely monitored by DoCA for ensuring this. Various committees of senior officers in NAFED, DoCA and DAC&FW were constituted region-wise to coordinate the supply operations and resolve day to day bottlenecks. NAFED also constituted committees of senior officials with the same objective who were monitoring the operations round the clock. VCs were being conducted with all stake holders to take all necessary steps and closely monitor the supply to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities to the public, particularly the needy during this harsh period. 4) For the supplies also, various Sr. level nodal officers both at NAFED, DoCA and DAC&FW. were appointed region-wise to minutely monitor day to day progress of the supplies and help in removing the bottlenecks coming in the way of dispatches/supplies by contacting the State/District authorities for their supportihelp. NAFED used to send updates to Department of Consumer Affairs on a regular basis on all matters related to the supplies and sort out the issues, if any. e) The Govt of india had also constituted an Empowered Committee under Secretary Department of Economic Affairs, which was reviewing the dispatches, arrival and distribution of pulses to NFSM beneficiaries on weekly basis. f) The economy of various operations was also duly considered. All modes of transport like trucks, rail, container movement through CONCOR, railway wagon rake movement, half rake movement, boats, aircrafts, helicopter etc. were utilized for this operation for ensuring timely supplies of pulses to the State/UTs. 9) To ensure quality of stocks, NAFED had appointed assayers at the godowns/mill points by arranging curfew passes and special transport arrangements with permission from the ‘competent authority so that the quality of the stock is not compromised in any manner, h) With cooperation from all stake holders, NAFED could arrange supplies of more than 14 LIVTs to State/UT Governments despite various challenges as explained in the preceding paras. ‘Thanking you, Yours faithfully, Newnan Kumar. (Veena Kumari ) General Manager (IS) For Managing Director Encl, As above. Anneruve- 1 ee KUMAR AGARWAL, iss xi sea tree ‘senha tc von a Secretary Government st india Department of Consumer Affairs 2, 12 uc 18 aprizo20 Dear Chiot Secrotary, 'n Pursuance to decision taken in meeting) With State Govemments/UTs and millers on qy,aitt 18 Apsl. 2020, the folowing steps may Be taken toonecre Quick ten around time. in Supply and distribution of pulses under PVGKAY (0 For quality. chesk; miler would endure adharones to FSSAI specificationsior as Sreclied by NAFED Jn the bid document All consignments of pulses shall be Sraambanied with laboratory testing report. At the point of Unloading of stocks, if tne State Governments, NAFED authotty, or Quantity Assayer finds any issue with the seat,’ Samele would be taken in theicpresenca:in & parte ane Part of the sample (The ‘Stato’ Governments are advised to appoint a Rodal_ of (ii) The State Governments would prepare @ distribution plan in advanes on intimation ‘slating to despatch of pulses reesived by them so that distribution can teke piace within 24 irs of actual receipt of pulsas in the State ano without waiting for the whole Stock For the entire state to move distribution district or division-wise as per availablity Of stocks, This may be widely publicised With kind regards, Yours sincerely, be 0 (Pawan Kumar Agerdbiy Shit Secretaries of a states Copy to: MD, NAFED Pit an New Detni10001 “1/Phone :011-29782007, 2307010) 11-23384716 ¢a//E-mall : secy-ea@nic.in ay Annee at Notsscse|211| CoP] PrmaKmy-2/ 3419 Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Government of Gujarat Mohammad Shahid as 14/5, Safdar Bhavan, New Sachivalaya Secretary Ganahinagar-382 010 ‘01082020 To, Additional Secretary, we Department of Consumer Affairs, \ Coe ES. Government of India, New Delhi, Sub: Supply of Whole Gramunder PMGKAY-2 to State of Gujarat — Regarding. Dear Madam, ‘The Government of India has extended the “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana” Covering free of cost distribution of Ske Wheat & Rice per-person and 1kg Whole Gram Per-card for S months to previde relief to the Persons covered under National Food Security Act in current situation. 1 is pertinent to note here that, in FSSA) Specification, sieve test parameter is not mentioned. Moreover combined acceptable limit of @) slightly damaged and touched Brains, (>) immature shriveled and broken grains and (¢) Broken is mentioned as 7%, of \hich broken pulses must not exceed 3%. Hence, though the supply of Whole Chana has been passed in prescribed standard of FSSAI but uniformity in size of Whole Chana is found unsatisfactory. The stock appears 10 be found uneven in visual inspection. From the drawn sample, approx. 21% Whole Chana found immature and very small in size which ig a matter of serious concem. It is difficult to be accepted by the beneficiaries under PDS, In this context, it Tequested to instruct NAFED to provide individual acceptable limit for (9) slightly damaged and touched grains, (b) immature shriveled and broken grains and (©) Broken for better assurance of quality standards in Lab tests and also requested to include sieve test parameters for uniformity of the Stock to be provided to GSCSC so that Regards, Ges) (Mohammad Shahidy

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