BJP for subsidised food grains to poor

April 26th, 2008 - 8:28 pm ICT by admin  

Bhopal, April 26 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party Saturday called upon the central government to provide subsidised food grains to the poor across the country since the ‘have nots’ are reeling from ever increasing prices of essential commodities. Addressing a huge gathering on the launch of the Mukhya Mantri Annapurna Yojana (Chief Minister’s subsidised food scheme), senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that it was a boon for the poor families and the other states as well as the central government should introduce this scheme in the entire country by amending the constitution.

Under the scheme, the government would provide wheat at Rs.3 per kg and rice at Rs.4.5 per kg to over 4.5 million families living Below Poverty Line (BPL) in the state. Naidu along with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a token distribution of food grain packets to some beneficiaries on the occasion.

Naidu condemned the alleged discrimination by the central government against some states and said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee treated all states equally.

“Nobody is pleased with the policies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and even institutions like the Planning Commission and the media are criticising the violation of fundamental rights of the people,” he said.

Describing Chouhan as representative of the common people, Naidu said the bonus of Rs.100 per quintal on wheat’s support price by the state government has paved the way for prosperity of farmers and the country. He praised the schemes of the Madhya Pradesh government as well as the special efforts made by it in health, irrigation and energy sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, Chouhan said that the Annapurna Yojana has been launched to get the poor rid of hunger, adding that the state government decided to launch the scheme by procuring wheat in large quantity due to the “injustice meted out to the poor by the central government”.

Chouhan said that a provision of Rs.1.6 billion has been made for Annapurna Yojana during the current financial year while the implementation of the scheme would mean an expenditure of Rs.2.13 billion annually.

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