The Central and State Warehousing Corporations were established in the country after the Government of India enacted "The Agricultural Produce (Development & Warehousing) Corporations Act, 1956". These Corporations were reestablished in 1962 by repeating the earlier Act and by enacting "The Warehousing Corporation Act, 1962" to provide for the incorporation and regulation of corporations for the purpose of Warehousing of Agricultural Produce and certain other commodities and for matters connected therewith.
The Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) has jurisdiction all over India while the activities of the State Warehousing Corporations are restricted to their respective States.
In Rajasthan, the Rajasthan State Warehousing Corporation (RSWC) was established on 30th December, 1957 which actually started functioning w.e.f. 24th March, 1958.
The Corporation is functioning in the state for the last 50 years.
As Provided in Section 24 of the Warehousing Corporations Act, 1962,(Central Act 58 of 1962) the RSWC.
(a) may acquire and build godowns and warehouses at such places within the state as it may, after consultation with the Central Warehousing Corporation determine.
(b) may run warehouses in the state for the storage of agricultural produce, seeds, manures, fertilizers, agricultural implements and notified commodities;
(c) may arrange facilities for the transport of agricultural produce, seeds, manures, fertilizers, agricultural implements and notified commodities to and from warehouse;
(d) may act as an agent of the Central Warehousing Corporation, or of the Government for the purpose of the purchase, sale, storage and distribution of agricultural produce, seeds, manures, fertilizers, agricultural implements and notified commodities;
(da) enter into, with the previous approval of the State Government joint ventures with the central warehousing corporation; and
(e) may carryout such other functions as may be prescribed.
(As provided in Rule 25 of the RSWC Rules, 1975)
(I) DISINFESTATION SERVICE :
The Corporation may in its discretion, and on the request of the parties concerned undertake disinfestation service outside its warehouses, in respect of agricultural produce or notified commodities as defined in Section 2 of the Act.
(II) SERVICE AS AGENT :
The Corporation may, in its discretion act as agent on behalf of the Government or private company defined in Section 617 of the Companies Act, 1956 (Central Act 1 of 1956) or a body corporate established by an Act of Parliament or of a State Legislature or a Co-operative Society, for the purpose of purchase, sales, storage and distribution of agricultural produce, seeds, fertilizers, manures, agricultural implements and notified commodities as defined in Section 2 of the Act.