Madhya Pradesh to provide wheat, rice at subsidised rates

March 12th, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by admin  


Bhopal, March 12 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government Wednesday announced that it would provide wheat and rice at subsidised rates to families living below poverty line (BPL). “Over 45 lakh (4.5 million) BPL families would be given wheat and rice at subsidized rates of Rs.3 and Rs.4.50 per kg respectively from April this year,” a finance department source said.

“Each family would get 20 kg of wheat or rice. This would entail an annual financial burden of Rs.213 crore ($50 million) to the state exchequer,” said the official.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Tuesday reviewed preparations being made for implementation of the scheme at a meeting with Minister for Cooperatives and Agriculture Gopal Bhargawa, Principal Secretary (Finance) Ashok Das, Principal Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies) Malay Rai and other officials.

Chouhan asked the officials to ensure that there was no irregularity in implementation of the scheme, and warned of strict action against erring officials.

The surveillance committees of village panchayats (councils) and Deen Dayal Antyodaya committees would monitor the scheme.

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