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West Bengal points at short supply of jute bags

Jul 06, 2021
West Bengal points at short supply of jute bags

Kolkata, Bengal

According to a source at the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting, West Bengal jute mills have been accused of not supplying enough jute bags. According to the Raghav Gupta, Chairman, Indian Jute Mills Association, it was assured by the committee that with the bumper crop, the mills will be able to supply 4 Lakh bales to the government. He also said that the millers also highlighted the problems faced by the industry. He also quoted that due to the disruptions induced by lockdown and crop loss due to cyclones, the industry is unable to meet the jute bags demand as there is a sharp rise in the price of the raw jute.

As per the sources, many states were unhappy due to the short supply. The current provisions of the JPM Act should be diluted as per the department of food and public distribution. The government has granted production for use of 7.7 lakh bales of HDPE bags for the Rabi season. A miller source also confirmed that with the dilution, the farmers will have to fetch remunerative prices and jute mills will also face further closure. This will further cause a threat to around 2.5 lakh people who are employed by some 70 millers in the state.

The government has retained 100% reservation for packing of the food grains and 20% for sugar in jute bags.

Source – Outlook

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