New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday approved the mandatory 100% food grains and 20% sugar compulsory filling in diversified jute bags.
“The decision to pack sugar in diversified jute bags will provide an impetus for the diversification of the hemp industry. The government has expanded the scope of mandatory packaging regulations under the JPM) Act, 1987. ”
In case of any shortage or interruption in the supply of jute packaging material or any other accident / emergency, the Ministry of Textiles may, in consultation with the concerned Consumer Ministries, further relax these rules, up to a maximum of 30 per cent above the Food Grains Rules and above.
“Considering that nearly 3.7 lakh workers and millions of farm families depend on the jute sector for their livelihood, the government is making concerted efforts to develop the jute sector; increasing the quality and productivity of the jute sector, increasing the diversification of the jute sector and sustaining the demand for jute products,” the release said.
Union Cabinet, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters that the decision would benefit 4 lakh workers and thousands of farmers involved in the hemp sector.
Hemp is grown mainly in West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh.