Sufficient availability of subsidized fertilizers



Sufficient availability of subsidized fertilizers 
            The Maximum Retail Price(MRP) of urea is statutorily controlled by the Government.  The difference between the delivered cost of fertilizers at farm gate and net market realization by the urea units is given as subsidy to the urea manufacturer/importer by the Government of India.

            In respect of Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) Fertilizers, the Government is implementing Nutrient Based Subsidy Policy w.e.f. 1.4.2010.  Under the policy, a fixed amount of subsidy, decided on annual basis, is provided on subsidized P&K fertilizers depending on their nutrient content.  Under this policy, MRP is fixed by fertilizer companies as per market dynamics.  The details of  the subsidy being provided to the P&K companies are as under:
    S.No.
   Nutrients
NBS (Rs. Per Kg of Nutrient)
        1.
       N
                20.875
        2.
       P
                18.679
        3.
       K
                15.500
        4.
       S
                  1.677
            The details of subsidy provided to the Importers/Manufacturer of fertilizers during the last three years and current year is as under:                                                          (in crores of rupees)

Imported
   Urea
   Imported
      P&K
Indigenous
     P&K
 Indigenous
    Urea
    
       Year
Expenditure
Expenditure
 Expenditure
Expenditure
2012-13
20,016.00
14,576.10
16,000.00
20,000.00
2013-14
15,353.30
13,926.86
15,500.00
26,500.00
2014-15
16,200.00
  8,667.30
12,000.00
38,200.01
2015-16
( upto 31.01.2016)
15,948.29
  8,911.72
11,388.39
37,852.10
            The availability of all the subsidized fertilizers (Urea, DAP, MOP & NPK) has been sufficient and comfortable both in Kharif as well as in Rabi season 2015-16 (upto January, 2016), the details of which are in tabular form as under:

              Kharif 2015
Rabi 2015-16 (upto January) (LMT)
Fertilizers
Requirement
Availability
Sales
Requirement
Availability
Sales
Urea
   154.50
   157.68
  154.79
    129.52
  124.77
  114.20
DAP
     50.93
     59.98
    50.62
      43.70
    41.45
    28.26
MOP
     18.31
     16.87
    12.60
     13.38
    13.01
      8.18
NPK
     52.73
     54.22
    44.94
     38.37
    39.03
     28.56

            This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Supply of essential medicines at affordable prices 
Pursuant to the announcement of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy, 2012 the Government notified Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013) on 15th May, 2013. All the medicines specified in the National list of Essential Medicines 2011 (NLEM) have been included in the First Schedule of DPCO, 2013. Out of total 680 NLEM medicines (628 net medicines) under scheduled category of DPCO, 2013, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling prices in respect of 530 medicines (including 47 for cancer and 53 for cardiovascular diseases)

Subsequently, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has announced National list of Essential Medicines, 2015 (NLEM, 2015). The Government is in the process of amending the first Schedule of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 so that NPPA can fix prices of medicines appearing in NLEM, 2015. This would result in reduction in prices of Essential Medicines appearing in NLEM, 2015, including those used for cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha today. 


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