Cabinet approves reservation norms for jute packaging materials for Jute Year 2021-22

The union cabinet has extended mandatory packaging norms approved for Jute Year 2021-22, providing for 100 per cent of foodgrains and 20 per cent of sugar to be compulsorily packed in jute bags.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 June approved reservation norms for mandatory use of jute in packaging for the Jute Year 2021 -22 (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022) on 10 November. 
The reservation norms in present proposal would further protect the interest of domestic production of raw jute and jute packaging material in lndia, thereby, making India self-reliant in consonance with Aatmnirbhar Bharat. Reservation for packaging in jute packaging material consumed around 66.57 per cent of the raw jute produced in the country (in 2020-21). 
By bringing into effect the provision of JPM Act, the government will provide relief to 0.37 million workers employed in jute mills and ancillary units as well as support the livelihood of around 4 million farm families. Besides, it will help protect environment because jute is natural, bio- degradable, renewable and reusable fibre and hence fulfills all sustainability parameters.
The jute industry occupies an important place in the national economy of India in general and the Eastern Region in particular, ie, 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 reservation norms under JPM Act provide for direct employment to 0.37 million workers and 4 million farmers in the jute sector. JPM Act, 1987 protects interest of Jute farmers, workers and persons engaged in jute goods’ production. 75 per cent of the total production of the Jute Industry is jute sacking bags of which 90 per cent 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 Rs8,000 crore every year for packing of foodgrains, hence ensures guaranteed market for the produce of jute farmers and workers.
Average production of jute sacking bags is about 3 million bales (9 lakh MT) and the government said it is committed to ensure complete off-take of the sacking production of the jute bags in order to protect the interest of Jute farmers, workers and persons engaged in the Jute Industry.