Unauthorized sale of fertilizers
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS
(SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR)
(a) : There are reports of alleged diversion of subsidized fertilizers meant for agricultural use to industrial users from some quarters. During the year 2014-15 three cases of diversion have been reported by the Government of Gujarat so far.
(b) & (c): For the year 2014-15, 29 cases of black marketing have been reported so far by various States namely Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Here it is pertinent to mention that the distribution of fertilizers to the farmers within the State is the responsibility of the concerned State Government. Government of India has declared fertilizers as an essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act and notified Fertilizer Control Order (FCO) Sunder this Act. State Governments are adequately empowered to conduct search, make seizures and take punitive action against any person violating the provisions of FCO, 1985 and Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
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In addition, Department of Fertilizers has, from time to time, written to the Chief Secretaries of various States and Ministry of Home Affairs to activate the enforcement agencies under thppeir jurisdiction to take appropriate action to curb diversion, black-marketing and smuggling. Further, Department of Fertilizers, through weekly Video Conference with Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) and representatives of State Governments has been sensitizing and advising the State Governments to check black-marketing, diversion, smuggling and breach of MRP etc.