Revival of Sick Fertilizer units and commissioning of New Fertilizer Units

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Revival of Sick Fertilizer units and commissioning of New Fertilizer Units

Indigenous urea production to increase by 72.146 lakh metric tonne per year, leading to huge reduction in import of urea: Shri Rao Inderjit Singh

Minister of State for Planning (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, informed that Government of India is reviving 5 closed fertilizer plants of Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. (FCIL) and Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Ltd. (HFCL) namely Talcher, Ramagundam, Gorakhpur and Sindri plants of FCIL and Barauni plant of HFCL by setting up new ammonia-urea plants of 12.7 Lakh metric tonne per annum capacity each using state of the art technology, in the following states: -

Sl No.
Name of Fertilizer plant
Name of location & State where plant is located
Talcher Fertilizers Ltd.
Talcher, Odisha
Ramagundam Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.
Ramagundam, Telangana
Hundustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd. (HURL)
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
Hundustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd. (HURL)
Sindri, Jharkhand
Hundustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd. (HURL)
Barauni, Bihar

In addition to above, Cabinet on 21.05.2015 approved the setting up of a new ammonia-urea complex of 8.646 LMTPA capacity at Namrup within the existing premises of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL). Subsequent to commissioning/ start of the above plants, the indigenous urea production will be enhanced by 72.146 lakh metric tonne per year leading to huge reduction in import of urea. The aforesaid proposal upon implementation/ operation will bridge the gap between demand and supply of urea in the country, and will rejuvenate the fertilizer sector, Shri Singh informed.

In a separate written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Shri Singh stated that commercial production from Ramagundam unit is likely to start by 2018 while from other 4 units, it is likely to start by 2020.

Further, the Minister stated that under the provision of New Investment Policy (NIP) -2012 dated 2nd January 2013 and read with its amendment dated 7th October, 2014, Matix Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (Matix) has set up a Coal Bed Methane (CBM) based greenfield ammonia- urea complex at Panagarh, West Bengal with the installed capacity of 1.3 MMT per annum. The commercial production of Matix has started on 1st October, 2017. Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (CFCL) has also proposed to set up a Brownfield project with capacity of 1.34 MMT at Gadepan, Rajasthan, which is likely to start commercial production in January, 2019.

3,013 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs: Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya

Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, informed that as on 13.12.2017, 3,013 ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras’ are functional in 33 States/UTs of the country. A State/UT-wise list of 3,013 functional PMBJP Kendras is as below:

S. No. State/UT Number of PMBJP Kendras

1 Punjab 68

2 Delhi 40

3 Haryana 65

4 Uttar Pradesh 472

5 Uttrakhand 93

6 Madhya Pradesh 86

7 Tripura 24

8 Mizoram 7

9 Andhra Pradesh 125

10 Gujarat 255

11 Karnataka 225

12 Rajasthan 92

13 Maharashtra 200

14 Odisha 65

15 Chandigarh 5

16 Jammu & Kashmir 32

17 Himachal Pradesh 26

18 Jharkhand 46

19 Bihar 84

20 Kerala 315

21 Chattisgarh 193

22 Arunachal Pradesh 24

23 Telangana 70

24 Tamil Nadu 242

25 Assam 49

26 West Bengal 40

27 Nagaland 11

28 Manipur 36

29 Dadar & Nagar Haveli 7

30 Puducherry 10

31 Daman & Diu 3

32 Sikkim 2

33 Meghalaya 1

34 Andaman & Nicobar Islands                                             

35 Goa 0

36 Lakshadweep 0

Total 3013

The situation of shortage of medicines and gap in the distribution of the medicines from Central Ware House (CWH) of Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) (the implementing agency of PMBJP) to PMBJP Kendras has been improved and as on 13.12.2017, the Minister informed.

647 medicines and 129 surgical & consumables are available in CWH for sale covering 23 major therapeutic groups. BPPI has also initiated end to end supply solution to supply the medicines and other PMBJP products directly to PMBJP Kendras from CWH to reduce the time and cost. This will improve the supply position further, Shri Mandaviya informed.

Further, the Minister stated that to improve the distribution system of medicines to PMBJP Kendras/shops, Government has appointed 55 Distributors, 8 Carrying & Forwarding (C&F) Agents and 1 Central Ware House (CWH). To increase the profitability of PMBJP Kendra owners, trade margins have been revised from 16% to 20% for retailers under the scheme.

Incentives are provided to PMBJP Kendras run by private entrepreneurs/ pharmacists/ NGOs/ Charitable organizations that are linked with BPPI’s software will get incentive upto Rs. 2.5 lakhs. This will be given @ 15% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/ per month and in case of north eastern states, naxal affected areas and tribal areas, ceiling of Rs. 15,000/- per month upto a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. Awareness drives have been started through print media, television advertisements, FM radio, outdoor publicity, social media, etc., informed Shri Mandaviya.

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