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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 252
ANSWERED ON:  13.03.2018
Jobs in Food Processing Sector
SATISH CHANDRA DUBEY
Will the Minister of



FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES be pleased to state:-


(a) the details of jobs created in the food processing sector during the last three years, State-wise;

(b) whether the Government has set any targets to create jobs in the said sector by the year 2024; and

(c) if so, the details thereof and the steps being taken by the Government to achieve the said targets?



ANSWER
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.










STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *252 ANSWERED ON 13.03.2018 REGARDING “JOBS IN FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR”

(a): As per the latest available data under the Annual Survey of Industries conducted by the Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the state-wise number of persons engaged in registered food processing units by 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 are in the order of 16.87 lakhs, 17.41 lakhs and 17.73 lakhs respectively. The State-wise cumulative number of persons engaged by 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 is at Annexure.

(b) & (c): The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has been implementing various Central Sector Schemes under PRADHAN MANTRI KISAN SAMPADA YOJANA (PMKSY) for overall promotion and development of food processing sector in the country and to create employment opportunities in the sector, with an allocation of Rs. 6000 crore for the period upto 2019-20, co-terminus with 14th Finance Commission Cycle. The PMKSY envisages creation of direct and indirect employment for 5,30,500 people under the scheme during this period. Government has taken a number of policy initiatives like permitting 100% FDI through automatic route in manufacturing of food products and 100% FDI under Government approval route for trading, including through ecommerce, in respect of food products produced and/or manufactured in India; Creation of a special fund of Rs. 2000 Crore in National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to provide affordable credit; Classification of food & agro-based processing units and Cold Chain as agriculture activity for Priority Sector Lending (PSL); lower Goods & Services Tax (GST) rates for majority of food products, 100% exemption of Income Tax on profit for new food processing units, etc., to attract investment in the sector and create employment opportunities.



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