Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
25-February-2011 15:49 IST
Revival of Fertilizer Manufacturing Plants

The Government has decided to explore the feasibility of revival of the closed public sector units of Hindustan Fertilizer corporation Ltd. (HFCL), Fertilizer Corporation India Ltd. (FCIL). An Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECOS) has been constituted with the mandate to evaluate all investment options for revival of the closed units of FCIL/HFCL and to make suitable recommendations for consideration of the government. ECOS has considered various possible investment options for revival of each of the closed units and have finalized its recommendations. Based on the recommendations of the ECOS, a Draft Cabinet note has been finalized and circulated for inter0ministeiral comments.

State Governments have been reporting shortage of Urea in some parts of their states, which are looked into by Department of Fertilizer from time to time.

The demand of fertilizer in the country is more than the production from the existing fertilizer units. Imports are made to bridge the gap between indigenous demand and production. The revival of closed units of FCIL & HFCL is expected to bridge the demand supply gap in the country.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Srikant Kumar Jena in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.