New Delhi : Asserting that there will be no compromise on food security issue, India expressed confidence that WTO members will understand New Delhi’s “sensitivities on the matter” and “move forward with positive spirit”.

“I am confident that India will be able to persuade the WTO Membership to appreciate the sensitivities of India and other developing countries and see their way to taking this issue forward in a positive spirit,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament.

India has decided not to ratify the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which aims at easing customs norms, without getting a simultaneous agreement on the public stockpiling issue for food security purpose, as was agreed during the WTO’s Bali ministerial in December last year.             India has expressed its apprehensions that once TFA, which is dear to the developed countries, is implemented, they would not bother about finding a permanent solution to the food stockpile issue, which is crucial for the country’s food security programme.

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