In order to achieve the food security of the country, the Sales Division looks after one of the most important operation i.e. distribution of foodgrains under TPDS/NFSA & Other Welfare Schemes.
Government of India fulfills the objectives of food security through the Public Distribution System. Public Distribution System strives to meet the twin objectives of price support to the farmers for their product and supply of foodgrains at affordable prices. It is against the stocks procured under price support, Government releases a certain quantity of foodgrains in each State under the Public Distribution System. This mission of the Government of India is translated into reality by the FCI. In order to implement the food policy of Government, FCI has to fulfil certain objectives which are as follows:
i) To ensure and equitable distribution of available foodgrains at reasonable prices to the vulnerable sections of society throughout the year;
ii) To maintain stability in foodgrains prices throughout the country during the year;
iii) To maintain an adequate buffer stock of foodgrains to deal with fluctuations in production and to meet unforeseen exigencies and natural calamities.
The functions of Sales Division are as follows:
- Management of allocation and offtake of wheat, rice, and coarse grains under different schemes of Ministry of CAF&PD at Central Issue Price which are as under:-
Monitoring of Stock position of foodgrains against the allotment to ensure the availability of sufficient stocks in every state.
Disposal of issuable old stocks of foodgrains through open tender.
Identification & declaration of Base Depot in consultation with the State Governments.. Reimbursement of Road Transportation Charges(RTC) to State/UT Governments. where stocks are lifted from other depots instead of base depot.
Policy matter related to reimbursement of Hill Transport Subsidy (HTS) to the entitled States/UTs being cost of transportation of foodgrains from base depots to Principal Distribution Centres (PDCs) on actual basis.
Issues relating to National Food Security Act (NFSA) and fixation of Foodgrain Stocking Norms for Central Pool.
Release of wheat at pre-determined prices in the open market from time to time to enhance the supply of wheat especially during the lean season to moderate the open market prices.
(i) TPDS (APL, BPL, AAY, NFSA & Other than NFSA) and Special additional allocations for TPDS.
(ii) Other Welfare Schemes (OWS) viz. Mid Day Meal, Annapurna, SABLA, Nutrition Programme and Welfare Institutions & Hostels.
(iii) Defence/ Para-Military Forces (CRPF/BSF/ITBP).
(iv) Open Market Sales Scheme (Domestic).