Role of Salt Commissioner, Government of India.

a)    Schemes benefiting to the salt labourers.
b)    Schemes benefiting the Salt Industry.

The following are the main function of the officer of the Salt Commissioner, under  the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), Government of India.

  1. Leasing of Government land for salt manufacture.

  2. Planning for the production of all grades of salt in the country for edible, industrial and export purposes in consultation with State Government, Director  General of Technical Development, State Trading Corporation, Salt manufacturers' Association and the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute and monitoring of production.

  3. Promotion of technological development.

  4. Arranging equitable distribution and monitoring the quality and prices.

  5. Nodal Agency for monitoring production, distribution and quality control of iodised salt.

  6. Management of departmental lands.

  7. Planning and monitoring execution of development and labour welfare schemes as per details below:

a)    Schemes benefiting to the salt labourers.

  1. Water supply scheme including provision of water cooler, storage tanks etc.

  2. Construction of labour rest sheds/crèches etc.

  3.  Provision of community centres and recreation facilities including organising sports meets, installation of T.V sets, 16mm sound projectors etc.

  4. Provision for augmentation of medical facilities including conducting general Health-cum-Eye camps

  5. Provision of augmentation of educational facilities for the children of workers employed in the salt industry including grant of assistance to meritorious children of salt workers for purchase of books etc.

  6.  Improving skill production of salt / iodised salt/quality control etc. through audio-visual aids.


b)    Schemes benefiting the Salt Industry.

  1. Facilities for augmentation of brine supply.

  2. Construction/improvement of roads, culverts, bridges and protective bunds.

  3. Research and Development for improved process and mechanisation for harvesting of salt and recovery   of bye-products from brine and bitterns (excluding commercial schemes ).

  4. Any development work (connected with salt industry) not covered by the above priorities, but considered necessary in the interest of the industry. The  works under this scheme are undertaken on the recommendation of the Regional Advisory Boards for Salt/Central Advisory Board. Schemes with estimated cost not more than Rs.5.00 lac each being duly recommended by the Regional Advisory Board can be sanctioned by the Regional Officers. Schemes having estimated cost more than Rs.5.00 lac but not more than the recommendation of Regional Advisory Board for Salt. Schemes costing more than Rs.10.00 lacs, but not more than Rs.20.00 lac can be considered for sanction by the Salt Commissioner on the recommendation of the Central Advisory Board for Salt. Works costing more than Rs.20.00 lac will be considered for sanction by the Government of India on the recommendation of the  Central Advisory Board for Salt.

  5.  Promotion of exports and pre-shipment inspection.

  6. Collection of salt cues, assignment fee, ground rent and other dues.

  7. Rehabilitation of salt workers affected by natural calamities.

  8. Issue of License for manufacture of salt.

       For the salt industry in Orissa, a circle office is functioning at Humma, headed by Superintendent of Salt under the Assistant Salt Commissioner, Regional Office, Kolkata. In every factory, Salt Inspectors are also deployed under the control of the Superintendent of Salt, Humma.