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  • Government launches online registration of gold hallmarking centres Aug 21, 2020 08:35 PM IST

    Government launches online registration of gold hallmarking centres

    Paswan further said the online system of audit will facilitate expeditious disposal of complaints regarding malpractices in the hallmarking of jewellery items.

  • From September 1, entry of imported toys in India only after quality testing: Ram Vilas Paswan Aug 21, 2020 07:33 PM IST

    From September 1, entry of imported toys in India only after quality testing: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the government's nodal agency that frames quality standards in coordination with the concerned ministries.

  • Coronavirus India | Deadline for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery extended till June 1, 2021 Jul 27, 2020 05:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus India | Deadline for mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery extended till June 1, 2021

    The Centre, in November last year, had announced that hallmarking of gold jewellery and artefacts would be made mandatory across the country from January 15, 2021.

  • Amit Shah headed GoM recommends hike in sugar MSP to Rs 33/kg; asks Food Ministry to move cabinet note Jul 15, 2020 05:10 PM IST

    Amit Shah headed GoM recommends hike in sugar MSP to Rs 33/kg; asks Food Ministry to move cabinet note

    The GoM directed the Food Ministry to move a Cabinet note with a proposal to hike the MSP of sugar as recommended by the Niti Aayog, the sources said.

  • States given time until August to distribute free ration to returning migrant labourers: Ram Vilas Paswan Jul 09, 2020 08:08 PM IST

    States given time until August to distribute free ration to returning migrant labourers: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Against the target of 8 crore migrant labourers, Paswan said free ration has reached to only 2.32 crore migrant workers in May, while 2.14 crore in June, he said.

  • Be more sensitive to poor; implement PMGKAY proactively: Ram Vilas Paswan to laggard states Jul 01, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Be more sensitive to poor; implement PMGKAY proactively: Ram Vilas Paswan to laggard states

    The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), announced as part of the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package to help those affected due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, was earlier valid for a three-month period from April to June. The same has been extended for five months till November.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah meets senior ministers Jun 30, 2020 09:00 PM IST

    Home Minister Amit Shah meets senior ministers

    Others who attended the hour-long meeting include Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal.

  • Ram Vilas Paswan asks mills to clear Rs 22,000 crore cane arrears to farmers Jun 08, 2020 09:17 PM IST

    Ram Vilas Paswan asks mills to clear Rs 22,000 crore cane arrears to farmers

    Arrears comprise of payments to be made on the basis of Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) fixed by the Centre, and State Advisory Price (SAP) determined by the states, Paswan said.

  • I fear for Nitish Kumar's govt losing trust of migrant workers: Chirag Paswan May 13, 2020 10:25 PM IST

    I fear for Nitish Kumar's govt losing trust of migrant workers: Chirag Paswan

    Paswan accused the Bihar government of dragging its feet on the issue of migrants while states like the BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh have started bringing its people back by bus-loads.

  • Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from June 1 May 08, 2020 08:38 PM IST

    Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from June 1

    Under the initiative, eligible beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) would be able to avail their entitled foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.

  • Ram Vilas Paswan says states not doing enough for free distribution of pulses under PDS May 08, 2020 06:35 PM IST

    Ram Vilas Paswan says states not doing enough for free distribution of pulses under PDS

    Nearly a month's supply of pulses has already been dispatched to several states and union territories, but they have managed to distribute only 53,617 tonnes to ration card holders under the Public Distribution System (PDS), Paswan said and urged them to speed up the process in the interest of poor people.

  • 5 more states including Bihar, Punjab join 'One Nation-One Ration Card' scheme: Ram Vilas Paswan May 01, 2020 04:46 PM IST

    5 more states including Bihar, Punjab join 'One Nation-One Ration Card' scheme: Ram Vilas Paswan

    On January 1 this year, 12 states were integrated among each other and now 17 states are on integrated management of the public distribution system (PDS), also called ration shops/fair price shops, Paswan added.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Govt to give life insurance cover up to Rs 35lk to FCI officials, labourers, says Ram Vilas Paswan Apr 10, 2020 06:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Govt to give life insurance cover up to Rs 35lk to FCI officials, labourers, says Ram Vilas Paswan

    State-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) is the Centre's nodal agency that is engaged in procurement of foodgrains at a minimum support price (MSP) directly from farmers and distributes the same at a subsidised rate to over 81 crore ration card holders in the country.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Enough foodgrains stock with FCI; govt closely monitoring PDS distribution: Ram Vilas Paswan Mar 26, 2020 01:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Enough foodgrains stock with FCI; govt closely monitoring PDS distribution: Ram Vilas Paswan

    State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI), the government's nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains under the Public Distribution System, is keeping a close watch on supply of subsidised grains to the ration-card holders, he added.

  • Govt to allow onion export from March 15 Mar 02, 2020 06:30 PM IST

    Govt to allow onion export from March 15

    The government last week decided to lift nearly six-month-old ban on export of onions as prices are likely to fall sharply due to bumper rabi crop.

  • India lifts ban on onion exports Feb 26, 2020 09:18 PM IST

    India lifts ban on onion exports

    India, the world's biggest exporter of onion, banned exports of onions in September last year to keep domestic supplies intact after flooding in several states worsened seasonal shortages, leading to a spike in local prices.

  • Govt to frame rules, set up authority by April to implement Consumer Protection Act Feb 19, 2020 08:40 PM IST

    Govt to frame rules, set up authority by April to implement Consumer Protection Act

    Paswan held discussions with industry representatives on key provisions of the proposed Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) as well as rules and regulations being formed under the Consumer Protection Act.

  • Bihar assembly election | Won't allow hate speech in poll campaign, focus on local issues instead: Chirag Paswan Feb 14, 2020 05:06 PM IST

    Bihar assembly election | Won't allow hate speech in poll campaign, focus on local issues instead: Chirag Paswan

    His statement comes as the LJP starts preparations for contesting in the upcoming Bihar elections, as well as the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.

  • ‘Even I don’t know my date of birth’: NPR may drop such questions, says Paswan Jan 22, 2020 11:47 AM IST

    ‘Even I don’t know my date of birth’: NPR may drop such questions, says Paswan

    Paswan has, however, added that the NPR exercise by far, is similar to the Census

  • Centre worried as many states not keen to take imported onions: Ram Vilas Paswan Jan 14, 2020 05:32 PM IST

    Centre worried as many states not keen to take imported onions: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Retail onion prices, which were ruling over Rs 100 per kg in most cities since the past two months, have started softening now on arrival of imported onions and new kharif crop.

  • Jewellers to sell only 14, 18, 22 carat hallmarked gold jewellery from January 2021: Ram Vilas Paswan Jan 14, 2020 05:27 PM IST

    Jewellers to sell only 14, 18, 22 carat hallmarked gold jewellery from January 2021: Ram Vilas Paswan

    A notification to make mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery from January 15, 2021 will be issued on January 16 by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.

  • Ration card portability implemented in 12 states: Ram Vilas Paswan Jan 07, 2020 09:36 PM IST

    Ration card portability implemented in 12 states: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Under the initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.

  • 12,000 tonne onion imported so far; states to get at Rs 49-58/kg for retail sale: Ram Vilas Paswan Jan 07, 2020 06:05 PM IST

    12,000 tonne onion imported so far; states to get at Rs 49-58/kg for retail sale: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Retail onion prices, which were ruling over Rs 100 per kg in most cities since last two months, have started softening now on arrival of imported onions and new kharif crop.

  • Respite from tears? 42,500 metric tonnes of onion now available, says Ram Vilas Paswan Dec 31, 2019 06:27 PM IST

    Respite from tears? 42,500 metric tonnes of onion now available, says Ram Vilas Paswan

    In a bid to curtail sky-rocketing prices of the bulb, the Centre had sought onion imports from countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, and Turkey

  • No new ration card needed for inter-state portability: Ram Vilas Paswan Dec 20, 2019 09:38 PM IST

    No new ration card needed for inter-state portability: Ram Vilas Paswan

    Under the initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled foodgrain under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.

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