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Policy-IV: Policy matters relating to sale of foodgrains under OMSS, disposal of damaged foodgrains held by State/ UT Governments and its agencies and other related issues.

Important Activities:

On directions of Govt. of India, FCI sells food grains in the open market under Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic) at pre-determined prices from time to time through e-auction. To fast track the process, in January 2015 the Government formed a Committee consisting of Secretary (Food & Public Distribution), Secretary (Expenditure), Secretary (Consumer Affairs) and Secretary (Commerce) (for export related issues) for making recommendations on the quantity and price for the sale of food grains stock in excess of buffer and strategic reserve norms through Open Market Sale Scheme (Domestic). On the basis of the recommendation of this Committee the policy for sale of surplus stock of food grains under OMSS (D) for the concerned financial year is framed with the approval of Minister (CAF&PD) and the Minister of Finance.

2. Foodgrains which do not conform to FSSAI norms and further cannot be reconditioned for normal issue are considered ‘Non-Issuable/Damaged’. The non-issuable foodgrains classified under various categories are disposed off as per procedure. Sale of non-issuable foodgrains held by the FCI and State Agencies is made only to bonafide registered parties to avoid circulation of non-issuable foodgrains into the market.