6.66 lakh jobs created by mega food parks
Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Prahlad Singh Patel, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said that his ministry has been implementing Mega Food Park Scheme to create modern infrastructure for the food processing sector. He stated that about 6.66 lakh direct and indirect jobs have been generated by 22 operational mega food parks in the country.
The minister added that each park when it is fully operational, is expected to create direct and indirect employment for about 5,000 persons. The government has so far given a final nod to 38 mega food parks and in-principle approval to 3 such parks under the Mega Food Park Scheme. Patel also informed the house that the ministry has been implementing a central sector umbrella scheme — Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) for overall development of the food processing sector.