More About FICC
Fertilizers played a key role in increasing soil fertility, crop productivity and meeting food demand for growing population of the country. The success of India's green revolution and consequent self - reliance in food grain production is largely attributed to use of fertilizers. Government of India has been consistently implementing policies aiming to enhance production and availability of fertilizers at reasonable prices in the country. In order to ensure a reasonable return on investment and to facilitate healthy development and growth of fertilizer industry Government of India in November 1977 introduced the Retention Price Cum Subsidy Scheme (RPS) for indigenous nitrogenous fertilizer units. The Scheme was later extended to phosphatic and other complex fertilizers in February 1979 and Single Super Phosphate (SSP) in 1982. From August 1992, the Government has progressively decontrolled the prices and distribution of phosphatic and other complex fertilizers. However, farmgate price of Urea is controlled by the Government whereas its distribution has been partially decontrolled from 1 April 2003.
The Retention Price Scheme stimulated indigenous production and consumption of fertilizers in the country. To achieve greater internal efficiencies and global competitiveness, unit specific approach of PPS was replaced by a group based concession scheme called the New Pricing Scheme (NPS) from 1st April, 2003. The Fertilizer Industry Coordination Committee (FICC) originally constituted on 1st December. 1977 to administer and operate the Retention Price, has been reconstituted on 13th March, 2003 for administration of the concession scheme under NPS.
Constitution of the Committee
The Committee consists of the following:
1. Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, New Delhi.
2. Secretary, Department of industrial Policy & Promotion, New Delhi.
3. Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation. New Delhi.
4. Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.
5. Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gases, New Delhi.
6. Chairman, Tariff Commission, Ministry Industry, New Delhi.
In addition, the Committee has two representatives from the Fertilizer industry.
The fertilizer industry is presently represented on the FICC by:
7. Shri R.G. Rajan, Chairman & Managing Director, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (ROF), Chembur Mumbai-400 074
8. Shri A.C. Muthaiah, Chairman, Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation Limited (SPIC)m 97, Mount Road, Chennai-600 032
9. Executive Director, Fertilizers Industry Coordination Committee, New Delhi
The scope and functions of the FICC are as under:
- To evolve the group concession rates including freight rates for units manufacturing nitrogenous fertilizers;
- To maintain accounts, to make payments to and to recover amounts from fertilizer compares.
- To undertake financial inspection of the units.
- To undertake costing and other technical functions.
- To collect and analyze production data, costs and other information.
- To review the group concession rates periodically and to make adjustments in these rates, where necessary, with the prior concurrence of the Government.
- To undertake the examination necessary for evolving group concession rates for future pricing periods;
- To undertake such other functions as the Government may entrust to the Committee from time to time.
The FICC Office comprises five Divisions i.e. Cost Evaluation Division, Inputs Division, Finance & Accounts Division, Technical Division and Administration Division.
The Cost Evaluation Division works out the concession rates for the various urea manufacturing units and revision thereof depending upon the variations in the prices of inputs from time to time. The Inputs Division undertakes an annual exercise for fixation of equated freight for transportation of urea from plant gate to farmers. It is also responsible for allocation of coal to different coal based urea manufacturing units in consultation with Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Railways. The Finance & Accounts Division is responsible for payment of subsidy and maintenance of accounts. The Technical Division looks after all technical matters such as fixation of consumption norms, production levels, etc. (The Administration Division is responsible for all matters pertaining to establishment of FICC)
Officer Details :
Fax no: 26173599
|Designation||Name of Officer||Office Tel. No.||Residence Tel. No.||Mobile|
|Executive Director||Sh. Sham Lal Goyal||23388481||26173611||- -|
|Director (F&A)||Shri A.S. Sandhu||26106817||24369658||9899064089|
|Director (CE)||Shri Govind Gopal Mitra||26108481||47320604||9810767038|
|Joint Director (A&I)||Shri Rajiva Kumar||26409820||24109040||9818922995|
|Joint Director (CE)||Shri A.K. Pal||