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Massive inefficiency in the grain management system under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) of the country calls for pressing attention. Discuss the needs for urgent reforms in grain management system.

Topic:  Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

1.  Massive inefficiency in the grain management system under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) of the country calls for pressing attention. Discuss the needs for urgent reforms in grain management system. (250 words)

Indian Express

Why this question:

The article provides for a detailed analysis as to how Reforms in grain management system could free up resources for infrastructure investment.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must bring out the existing issues with grain management and in what way newer reforms are the need of the hour.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Suggest few facts highlighting the importance of grain management to the output of Agriculture. Agriculture still engages about 44 per cent of India’s workforce.

Body:

First highlight massive inefficiency in the grain management system under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Use data from the article and highlight the inefficiencies in the system.

Discuss the role of FCI in management of grains in the country.

Explain what needs to be done? Suggest measures to overcome the situation.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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