Rahul refutes claims Centre not helping farmers

Against the backdrop of CM sending letters to the Prime Minister for supply of fertilisers, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the stock sent by the Centre was being sold in black instead of reaching farmers in the poll-bound state.

Updated: Oct 20, 2011, 23:44 PM IST

CSM Nagar: Against the backdrop of Chief
Minister Mayawati sending letters to the Prime Minister for supply of fertilisers, Rahul Gandhi Thursday alleged that the stock sent by the Centre was being sold in black instead of
reaching farmers in the poll-bound state.

"Fertilisers are sent for the state farmers and though it
reaches the godowns it does not reach them and you know the
reason why... you keep standing in queues for the whole night and it is sold in the black," Gandhi told a programme of farmers in his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.
Gandhi said the Centre can send fertilisers but cannot
deliver it to farmers just as it can pass the flagship job
guarantee bill but not run the scheme. "It is like working
with one hand tied."

His comments came in the wake of Mayawati writing a second
letter to Manmohan Singh within three weeks complaining that
the supply of fertilisers from the Centre was "insufficient"
and accused the UPA of not cooperating with the BSP government
on the issue.
Mayawati has written about half a dozen letters to the
Prime Minister recently over various issues, mostly pertaining
to the weaker sections and farmers, apparently with an eye on
the upcoming Assembly polls.

Gandhi said, "It is not the shortcoming only in the case
of fertilisers but also in other programme we send for UP and
its people like MGNREGS, waiver of loans and mid-day meal" and
cited a school teacher who told him that they had not received
funds for mid-day meal for three months.

PTI