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Rejoinder to factually incorrect information circulated in the Social Media regarding the WTO Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi in December 2015

News and Press Release - Dated:- 5-5-2016 - The Department of Commerce, Government of India has come across a video in Tamil, posted on the social networking site Facebook, where Shri Thirumurugan Gandhi has made factually incorrect statements regarding signing of an Agreement to stop distribution of rice and other provisions through Public Distribution System(PDS), discontinuation of agricultural subsidies and allowing import of food items. This is completely wrong. No such Agreement was signed .....

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e WTO resulted in Decisions in the area of agriculture, development and some issues relating to the Least Developed Countries. All these are public documents and are available at the official website of the WTO ( www.wto.org ). The WTO rules do not bar public procurement for food security purposes. As far as the limit of support is concerned, India has been working to have the WTO rules in this regard updated. This is to ensure that we are not constrained by the WTO rules in making public procur .....

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der negotiation. The Ministerial Decision on the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes adopted in the Nairobi Ministerial Conference reaffirms earlier decisions on the issue adopted at the Bali Ministerial Conference and subsequently by the General Council on 27 November 2014 which when read together, mandate a permanent solution by the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO. Even without the permanent solution, India can continue with its public procurement programmes. The Gov .....

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