No person in Chhattisgarh will sleep on empty stomach: Raman Singh
Minister Dr Raman Singh said that Chhattisgarh government has resolved that no
person in the state will sleep on empty stomach. Every poor person will get
rice through public distribution system (PDS). Rice from ration shops will not
be given to those who sell it out in the market, he added.
In the inaugural function
of the new regional and district office building of the Food Corporation of
India, constructed at a cost of Rs 8.25 crore at Kampa here on Tuesday, the
chief minister said that the state government has been making efforts that
benefit of PDS scheme should not go to any ineligible person. The state
government has been taking tough step to stop leakage, recycling and chaos in
the public distribution system, he added.
The function was
presided over by Union Food, Public Distribution System and Consumer Affairs
minister Ramvilas Paswan. Chhattisgarh food minister Punnulal Mohle was also
present in the function.
function the chief minister told officers of Food Corporation of India to
extend every possible cooperation in running the public distribution system
smoothly in Chhattisgarh. There should be transparency in the system and
policies be decided in accordance to the needs of the state, he said.
In his presidential
address, Union Food minister Ramvilas Paswan said that to check increasing
inflation, those who were engaged in black-marketing, profiteering and hoarding
would not be tolerated and strict action would be taken against them.
Praising the PDS in
Chhattisgarh, Paswan said that whenever the system were discussed at national
level, the name of the state comes first. Chhattisgarh government has been
providing 35 kg rice at Re 1 and 2 per kg to poor families, besides 2 kg salt
free and in scheduled areas, 2 kg gram at Rs 5 per kg and 2 kg pulse at Rs 10
per kg. Perhaps, no other state in the country that has launched such a scheme
to provide food grain and nutrition security to the poor, like Chhattisgarh, he
Lauding the scheme
of the state government of providing Rs 300 per quintal bonus to the farmers on
the procurement of paddy, Paswan said that with this scheme of the government,
farmers got inspiration to increase production of paddy. Ten years before paddy
production in the state was about 30 lakh metric tonne, which now has increased
to about 85 lakh metric tonne, he added.
request of the chief minister of getting financial assistance from the Centre
for this scheme, Paswan said that the Union government would seriously consider
this issue. The centre would take a positive decision on increasing the storage
capacity of the Food Corporation of India in Chhattisgarh. He asked the
officers of FCI to extend full cooperation to the Chhattisgarh government in
the implementation of PDS.
Paswan said that
there were no dearth of food grain and there were sufficient quantity of rice,
wheat, sugar, fruits and vegetables in the country, but some people have been
fomenting trouble and increasing the rates of commodities of daily use. There
was no dearth of onion in the country. Increase in the rate of onion would not
be tolerated. The union government has launched a drive against corruption and
inflation in the entire country, he added.