FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUTE COMMISSIONER
The Jute Commissioner looks after orderly development and promotion of the jute industry in India . He has been discharging both regulatory and developmental functions. This not only includes jute mills , but covers right from raw jute marketing up to the finishing stage of jute goods production including development of machineries and accessories used in jute manufacturing units . The Jute Commissioner exercises regulatory powers under Jute & Jute Textiles Control Order 2000 framed under the essential Commodities Act, 1955.
The primary functions of the office are :-
1. to advise the government on all matters pertaining to raw jute , jute industry , modernization and diversification programme in both organized and decentralized sectors, development of jute machinery industry, etc.
2. to promote orderly exports through operation of a voluntary scheme of jute goods export targets and formulation of policy measures for achievement of target set.
3. to help the Bureau of Indian Standards of develop appropriate quality standards for different items of jute goods .
4. to inter-act with different R & D organizations for intensification of market oriented research and development programme for the benefit of the jute sector keeping in view the technological development and consumers preferences.
5. to assist different public and state sector bulk consumers to obtain their requirements of jute bags in time for packing of food grains etc. In particular , the implementation of the statutory scheme for supply of B. Twill bags by jute mills to FCI and state food grains procuring agencies at cost-plus prices under Jute & Jute Textiles Control Order 2000 is looked after by this office.
6. to undertake short –term and long-term over-view of jute scenario for formulating annual and 5 year plans and for devising appropriate policy frame work.
7. to enforce the compulsory jute packaging order promulgated under Jute Packaging Materials ( Compulsory use in Packing Commodities ) Act, 1987 in different end-user sectors covered by the Act.
8. to generate greater consumer-awareness about jute products and promote the markets for non-conventional and diversified jute products jointly with JMDC*, NCJD** and other connected organizations.
9. to initiate necessary policy measures relating to development of the Jute sector , focus from time to time the industry and to suggest corrective steps, whenever called for. In particular, it is required to tackle diverse problems connected with production , export promotion , finance, shipping transport, raw materials supply , stabilization of supply and prices , inter mill analysis of financial results and costs of production mill-wise in depth assessment of factors leading to sickness of mills, regulation of mills’ purchases and stock holding of raw jute for bringing about price stability in the market, etc.
* Jute Manufacturers Development Council
** National Centre for Jute Diversification