Centre rolls again determination to cap value of uncooked jute

The choice skilled confronted sturdy opposition from the jute discipline, particularly in West Bengal, wherever throughout ten jute mills shut down and 60,000 personnel have been affected&#13

Jute sticks being dried in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. Photo: iStock
Jute sticks at the moment being dried in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. Picture: iStock

The Union Ministry of Textiles withdrew its notification of September 2021 about capping the promoting value of raw jute to Rs 6,500 per quintal Could 19, 2022, in a assist to jute mills. 

The choice got here per week proper after the jute commissioner was defined to by the Calcutta Substantial Court docket to get steps to evaluation the worth of raw jute if the notified payment (Rs 6,500 for every quintal) cannot be adhered to.

The court docket docket was listening to a petition filed by the Indian Jute Mills Affiliation (IJMA), which said the selection had led to large losses for mills.

The govt. willpower to cap the worth tag to Rs 6,500 for each quintal was issued September 30, 2021. It has confronted highly effective opposition from the jute sector because of the reality then, specifically in West Bengal, by which round 10 jute mills have shut down and 60,000 personnel have been affected as a result of the willpower.

Jute Commissioner Moloy Chandan Chakrabortty defined within the ministry’s purchase issued Might 19:


After very cautious evaluation and considering the present sector circumstance of uncooked jute availability, I hereby withdraw the talked about notification.


The withdrawal will seem into affect from Could 20.

In line with IJMA, the September notification skilled precipitated a loss over Rs 300 crore to {the marketplace} as a result of September. This was primarily as a result of despite the fact that the authorities capped the promoting value at which the jute mills should buy raw jute at Rs 6,500 for every quintal, the true price borne by the jute mills was someplace between Rs 7,000-7,200 for every quintal.

On prime of that, the authorities was pricing the jute baggage it purchases from the mills depending on the Rs 6,500 for every quintal cap.

“One jute bag was Rs 62-65 in accordance to the federal government’s pricing. Because of this, the mills dropped near Rs 3 for each bag,” Raghavendra Gupta, chairman, IJMA suggested Down To Earth

“Within the trade, the jute was by no means produced accessible down under Rs 7,200. So the trade needed to maintain searching for jute at a elevated value and make jute baggage for the authorities, which compensated in accordance to Rs 6,500 pricing.

“Mills, in buy to take care of the operations jogging, had been compelled to purchase jute at folks higher prices if no more mills would have been shut,” he included.

A lot of the jute small enterprise for the mills consists of offering jute baggage to the authorities. “It’s a extremely welcome motion. Trade forces will probably be permitted to function ordinarily. Any regulation in commodity commerce is unwarranted. Enterprise ought to actually get once more to straightforward probably ahead,” Gupta said, proper after the governing administration notification Might 19. 


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