Paswan slams Nitish Govt on foodgrains, PMGSY
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 20:12
Patna: Accusing Nitish Kumar government of 'failing' to ensure offtake of foodgrains for BPL families and utilising funds under Pradhan Mantri Gramnin Sadak Rojgar Yojana (PMGSY), LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today demanded an explanation from the government.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had in reply to a starred question in Lok Sabha had highlighted 'failure' of Bihar to ensure offtake of allocated foodgrains for BPL families and under other welfare schemes, he told reporters.

The state government was able to draw 20.51 lakh tonnes of foodgrains against the allocation of 34.37 lakh tonnes during 2009-10 for BPL families, besides 2.02 lakh tonnes against the allocation of 2.87 lakh tonnes of foodgrains under other welfare schemes, Paswan claimed.

The offtake of the foodgrains was 'very scanty' and the state government should explain why it failed to ensure offtake of the allocation made, Paswan said.

Similarly, Union Rural Development Minister C P Joshi had also accused the state government of failing to utilise the allotment of Rs 17000 crore fund under the PMGSY, he said adding the state had been able to utilise only Rs 3000 crore. Paswan also charged the state government with failing to send relief to the tornado-hit people in Seemanchal Belt.

Over 100 people had died and thousands of families were affected "but the relief has so far remain far from satisfactory," he alleged.

Paswan demanded an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to the families of each of deceased, and Rs 1.50 lakh to people whose houses were destroyed in the tornado on April 14 in Araria, Purnia, Kishanganj, Katihar and Supaul districts.

He also demanded that the state government provide details of the expenses of the financial package given to the state for the flood-hit areas of Kosi belt in 2008.


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 20:12

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