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WAREHOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY (WDRA)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Question 1:

What is the composition of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA)?

Answer:

The Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority was established under the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007 and it consists of one Chairperson and two full time Members. The present composition of the Authority is as given below:-

Name Designation Date of Charge assumption
- Chairman Vacant (since 17.01.2018
Dr. B.B.Pattanaik Member/ Chairman (I/c) 12.09.2016 / 30.01.2018 (as Chairman (I/C)
Shri Petluri Srinivas Member 10.01.2017

Website:www.wdra.gov.in

Question 2:

What is the Mission and Objectives of WDRA?

Answer:

The mission of the WDRA is to ensure that the interests of the farmers are protected through the growth and development in the warehousing sector. The main objectives are to improve the fiduciary trust of depositors and banks, increase liquidity in rural areas, encourage scientific warehousing of goods, lower the cost of financing, promote shorter and efficient supply chains, enhance reward for grading and quality and ensure better price risk management.

Question 3:

How the NWR are helpful to farmers?

Answer:

The negotiable warehouse receipts issued by the WDRA will help the farmers to seek loans from banks against the NWRs to avoid distress sales of agricultural produce during the peak marketing season and to avoid the post harvest storage loss.

Question 4:

Number of commodities notified under the Act?

Answer:

The Authority has notified 123 agricultural commodities including cereals, pulses, oil seeds, spices, rubber, tobacco, coffee etc for issuing negotiable warehouse receipts and also 26 horticultural commodities for cold storage.

Question 5:

How many godowns have been registered under The W(D&R) Act,2007?

Answer:

1902 warehouses of 105.5 lakh MT capacity have been registered with WDRA since inception. Out of which 274 warehouses are of CWC, 194 of SWC, 1164 are Private Warehouses, 261 are PACS/FPO and 9 are Cold Storages. As of now, 745 warehouses having storage capacity of 62 lakh MT have valid registration.

Question 6:

Whether the facilities for post harvest storage loan on NWRs is available?

Answer:

To discourage distress sale by farmers and to encourage them to store their produce against warehouse receipts the benefit of interest subvention was made available to small and marginal farmers having Kissan Credit Cards for a period of six months @ 7% on negotiable warehouse receipts.

 

Question 7:

What are the Rules and Regulations notified under the W(D&R) Act, 2007 so far?

Answer:

The following rules and regulations have been notified under the Warehousing (Development and Regulations) Act, 2007:-

ACT
i Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007.
RULES
i Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses (Amendment) Rules, 2017.
ii Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Registration of Warehouses Rules, 2017.
iii Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority, appointment of Chairperson and other members (Amendment) Rules, 2013.
iv Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority, appointment of Chairperson and other members Rules, 2013.
v Salaries, Allowances and other Terms & Conditions of Service of Chairperson and Members of Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority Rules, 2010.
vi Salaries, Allowances and other Terms & Conditions of Service of Chairperson and Members of Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority (Amendment) Rules, 2012.
vii Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority Annual Reports Returns Rules, 2010.
viii Warehousing (Development and Regulatory) Authority Annual Statement of Accounts and Records Rules, 2010.
ix Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Appellate Authority Procedure Rules, 2010.
REGULATIONS
i Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipts) Regulations, 2017.
ii Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (Meetings) Regulations, 2012.
iii Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (Conditions of service of the Officers and other Employees) Regulations, 2016.

Question 8:

How electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt is issued?

Answer:

The Authority has launched electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt from 26th September 2018 and thereby migrating to IT based eNWR ecosystem, by licensing two Repositories namely, M/s CCRL (sponsored by CDSL) and M/s NeRL (sponsored by NCDEX). All the registered warehouses are on boarded to Repository System for issuing eNWR against the deposits. The depositor can use eNWR to get loans against underlying commodities from banks and lien will be marked by the repository.

Question 9:

Who are the Members of Warehousing Advisory Committee of WDRA?

Answer:

i Chairman, Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority Chairman
ii Members, Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority Member
iii Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Department of Food & PD Member
iv Chairman, Forward Market Commission Member
v Joint Secretary (Storage), Department of Food & Public Distribution Member
vi Joint Secretary/Agricultural Marketing Advisor, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation Member
vii Joint Secretary, (Consumer Affairs), Department of Consumer Affairs Member
viii Managing Director, Central Warehousing Corporation Member
ix Director General, Bureau of Indian Standards Member
x Managing Director, Agriculture Insurance Company of India Member
xi Representative of State Bank of India Member
xii Representative of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Not below the rank of General Manager Member
xiii Representative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Member
xiv Representative of Confederation of Indian Industry Member
xv Representative of Farmer’s Association Member
xvi Representative of Cooperatives Member
xvii Director, Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority Member/Secretary

Question 10:

What are the functions of advisory committee?

Answer:

As per section 34 (1) of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007, WDRA may constitute a Warehousing Advisory Committee for the following are:-

(i) To advise the WDRA on the matters of Regulation under Section 51.
(ii) To make recommendations for the effective implementation of the provisions of this Act.
(iii) To advise the Authority on such matters are may be referred by the Authority.

Question 11:

Who is required to register with the WDRA?

Answer:

Section 3 sub section (1) and (2) of the Warehousing (Development and Regulation) Act, 2007 provides that no person shall commence or carry on the business of warehousing issuing negotiable warehouse receipts unless he has obtained a registration certificate after fulfilling the prescribed norms in respect of the concerned warehouse or warehouses granted by the Authority under this Act.

Question 12:

What are the requirements for the warehouses for registration with WDRA?

Answer:

The warehouse operators which fulfill the following criteria can apply for registration of their warehouse with WDRA:

i The warehouse is constructed as per BIS/CWC/FCI standards and is storage worthy.
ii Has all the safety and security arrangements for the stock and premises.
iii Has got requisite manpower with adequate experience in warehousing.
iv Availability of requisite infrastructure in terms of weighing, grading and preservation.
v The entity has its own Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or adopts the model SOP of WDRA.
vi Adequate insurance is taken for the stock against fire, flood, theft, burglary, misappropriation, riots, strikes or terrorism.
vii Possesses Networth as specified by the Authority.
viii Furnishes security deposit as specified by the Authority for securing the negotiable warehouse receipts issued by the warehouse
ix Exhibits compliance to local laws for carrying out the business of warehousing.
x Has a KYD process in place as prescribed by the Authority.

Question 13:

What is the application fee for registration of a warehouse?

Answer:

Details of registration fee for different capacity of warehouses is as under:

Unit of registration Fee (non refundable)
Each warehouse with a capacity of 10,000 Ton or less Rs. 20,000
Each warehouse with a capacity of more than 10,000 Ton but less than or equal to 25,000 Ton Rs. 25,000
Each warehouse with a capacity of more than 25,000 Ton Rs. 30,000

Where the applicant/ warehouseman is a Farmer Producer Organisation or a Co-operative, the fee shall be Rs. 5,000 per warehouse.

Question 14:

What is the networth requirement for registration of a warehouse?

Answer:

Networth requirement for different capacity of warehouses is as under:

Net worth Requirement
Storage capacity (in tons) Net worth (Rupees in crores)
Less than 1,000 0.1
1,001 – 3000 0.25
3,001 – 5,000 0.50
5,001 – 7000 1.00
7,001 – 10,000 2
10,001 – 15000 5
15,001 – 25,000 10
25,001 – 75,000 20
75,001 – 1,50,000 30
1,50,001 – 5,00,000 50
5,00,001 and above 100

Where the applicant/ warehouseman is a Farmer Producer Organisation or a Co-operative, the net worth should be positive.

Question 15:

What are the financial concessions available to Cooperative Societies and FPOs for registration of warehouse?

Answer:

Following financial concessions are provided to Cooperative Societies and FPOs to encourage them for registering their warehouses:

i The registration fee is only Rs. 5000/- as compared to Rs 20000 to 30000 for others
ii Networth is required to be only positive irrespective of the capacity, while for others it is specified with respect to the capacity of Warehouse
iii Security deposit is Rs. 50000/- per warehouse in the form of a BG or bank FD ( fixed irrespective of the value of NWRs issued by it), while for others it is minimum Rs 1 Lakh plus a percentage of value of NWRs issued.
iv Training of Warehouse Managers/ Supervisors by the WDRA

Question 16:

What are the relaxations provided to the small capacity warehouses operated by Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) for registration of their warehouses?

Answer:

Following relaxations have been provided for registration of small capacity warehouses operated by PACS:

i In case the warehouse is located on a raised well drained site not liable for flooding / inundations and is away for a place likely to be affected by seepage water a plinth height of at least 30 cm may be accepted,
ii The minimum limit for capacity to be registered in case of PACS warehouses will be 100 MT.
iii Availability of parking and manoeuvring space for vehicles shall not be insisted upon.
iv The warehouse should have a stack plan drawn leaving reasonable space for alleyways
v Other than the Secretary of the society one more staff of the PACS shall be engaged (on full or part time basis) for storage and preservation of the goods in the warehouse.
vi Availability of security guards may be desirable but not insisted upon for registration of the warehouse.
vii Availability of a pucca boundary wall / barbed wire fencing shall not be insisted upon. However, the warehouse should have adequate arrangement for locking of godown and safety/security of stocks.
viii PACS warehouses up to 500 MT capacity shall have at least one fire extinguisher (of requisite type) and six fire buckets.

Website:www.wdra.gov.in

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