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24th February, 2023 Economy

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  • Government of India approved Reservation norms for mandatory use of jute.

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  • Under the Jute Packaging Materials Act 1987, the Government approved Reservation norms for mandatory use of jute in packaging of rice, wheat, and sugar for the Jute Year 2022-23.
  • The Mandatory norms provide for full reservation for packaging of foodgrains and 20% reservation for packaging of sugar in jute bags.

[Note: JPM Act, 1987 protects the interest of Jute farmers, workers and persons engaged in jute goods’ production.]

Significance of the Mandatory Norms

  • The Jute industry occupies an important place in the national economy of India, particularly in West Bengal where nearly 75 jute mills operate and provide a livelihood to lakhs of workmen. Mandatory norms will support 40 lakh farm families in the jute sector.
  • The decision will also help the jute sector in Bihar, Odisha, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
  • The reservation norms would further the interest of domestic production of raw jute and jute packaging material in India, thereby, making India self-reliant in consonance with Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
  • It will also help protect the environment because jute is a natural, bio- degradable, renewable & reusable fibre and hence fulfills all sustainability parameters.