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Madhya Pradesh Governments wants more wheat for BPL families

Madhya Pradesh Governments wants more wheat for BPL families

New Delhi , Fri, 10 Jun 2011 ANI



New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has asked the Central government to allocate additional allocation of wheat for the families of below poverty line (BPL) during the current financial year.

Talking to reporters here after meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chauhan said the state has procured a record 4.
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85 million metric tonnes of wheat this year but has no space to store more than 25 percent of it.

He said the state needs 2.5 million metric tonnes of wheat for 6.6 million BPL families and has stored the rest in temporary cap storage facilities across the state.

"I met the Prime Minister and urged him to grant permission for allocation of excess wheat crop in the state to the below poverty line families. The central government should allocate excess wheat to the state government so that we can distribute it amongst these BPL families. There are about 6.6 million such families in the state and we hope that we are allowed to distribute wheat at subsidised rates," he added

He opined it would be better if the state is permitted to distribute excess wheat to such families at a subsidised rate, rather than allow the grains to destroy.

He further said that the state government already has about 0.5 million metric tonnes of wheat from last year in temporary cap storage, which faces the risk of getting destroyed, if not utilised well within time.

Expressing concern over surplus wheat lying in temporary cap storage in the state, he said that the Supreme Court also had advised to distribute wheat amongst BPL families, rather than allow it to rot.

"If wheat is not distributed amongst them (BPL families) then approximately 1.8 million metric tonnes, which is lying in temporary cap storage might get completely destroyed. We will suffer huge losses and the crop will also be ruined," he added. (ANI

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