Published on : Apr 08, 2015
Six years after UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government tabled its plans of setting up 42 very modern and giant food parks across the country – a scheme deliberated to give impetus to the food processing industry, the plan seems to languish.
Out of the 42 food parks allocated under the plan in 2008-09, only four are operational. In addition, one among these four food parks, technically does not conform to the idea, since all the units in the park are run by the same entity.
However, in a bid to revive the plan, the ministry of food processing month made a renewed attempt. The ministry reallocated 17 of proposed 42 parks to private sectors and various state governments. Some of the state and private entities include, Special Economic Zone and Adani Ports, Ruchi Acroni Industries, Jain Agro Trading Company, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. All these entities account for fresh allocation this year, after official cancellation of the previous ones.
A senior official from the ministry of food processing said, false impression suggesting allocation of all the cancelled proposals in a single phase was circulated. In fact the ministry allocated the food parks in phases as and when it was allocated by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). For instance, 10 among the 42 allocations were made in the first phase, out of which only two were cancelled.
Despite attempts to revive the plan, only a few seemed impressed with its prospects. An official with Icrier went on boards to refer to the design of the scheme faulty. He also claimed there were reports of arbitrary allocation of the parks. In addition, Central Government had only limited role, while state government would enjoy dominance in the scheme related work.