Prime Minister Narendra Modi has acknowledged the decision of mandatory use of jute in packaging for Jute Year 2023-24. PM said that this decision will contribute towards the revitalizing the jute sector.
It also marks a major boost for our artisans and farmers, Modi further added.
Responding to the X post of Union Minister Piyush Goyal, the Prime Minister said, “This decision will contribute towards the revitalizing the jute sector! It also marks a major boost for our artisans and farmers.”
This decision will contribute towards the revitalizing the jute sector! It also marks a major boost for our artisans and farmers. https://t.co/lCUKZDpw2y
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2023
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by PM Modi, had approved reservation norms for mandatory use of jute in packaging for the Jute Year 2023 -24 (1st July, 2023 to 30th June, 2024) on 8th December, 2023. The Mandatory packaging norms approved for Jute Year 2023-24 provide for 100% reservation of the foodgrains and 20% of sugar to be compulsorily packed in jute bags.
Reservation for packaging in jute packaging material consumed around 65% of the raw jute produced in the country (in 2022-23). By bringing into effect the provision of JPM Act, the Government will provide relief to 4 lakh workers employed in jute mills and ancillary units as well as support the livelihood of around 40 lakh farm families. Besides, it will help protect environment because jute is natural, bio- degradable, renewable and reusable fibre and hence fulfils all sustainability parameters, the release said.
The Jute industry occupies an important place in the national economy of India in general and Eastern Region in particular i.e., West Bengal, Bihar, Odisa, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is one of the major industries in the eastern region, particularly in West Bengal.
The reservations norms under JPM Act provide for direct employment to 4 lakh workers and 40 lakh farmers in the Jute Sector. JPM Act, 1987 protects interest of Jute farmers, workers and persons engaged in jute goods’ production. 75% of the total production of the Jute Industry is Jute Sacking Bags of which 85% is supplied to the Food Corporation of India (FCl) and State Procurement Agencies (SPAs) and remaining is exported/sold directly.
Government of India purchases Jute sacking bags worth approximately Rs. 12,000 crore every year for packing of foodgrains, hence ensures guaranteed market for the produce of Jute Farmers and Workers.