Uttarakhand accuses UPA of putting roadblocks in Atal scheme

The BJP-ruled Uttarakhand accused the Centre for putting roadblocks in execution of a foodgrains scheme launched by the state in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 19:32 PM IST

Dehradun: The BJP-ruled Uttarakhand on Saturday accused the Centre for putting roadblocks in execution of a
foodgrains scheme launched by the state in the name of former
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"The Union government (UPA) is not providing adequate
amount of foodgrains for the above povery line (APL) families
under the Atal Foodgrains Scheme launched by the Uttarakhand
government recently," said a state government spokesman.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari had launched the ambitious
scheme last month, which had raised hackles of the Congress.
The Congress had accused the state government of bringing
politics in the scheme for which foodgrains are being provided
by the centre.

Atal Foodgrain Scheme ensures foodgrains to both BPL and
APL families at cheaper price.
There are 3,07,074 below poverty line (BPL) families in
Uttarakhand whereas the APL families are 18,09,874. The
Central government is not providing adequate amount of
foodgrains for them, Uttarakhand state media advisors society
(SMAS) President Devendra Bhasin told reporters here.

Bhasin said supply of foodgrains was grossly inadequate,
particularly, for the APL beneficiaries.

"The requirement of foodgrains for APL households in the
state is 36,182 tonnes of wheat and 27,136 tonnes of rice, but
the Union government has allocated only 16,477 tonnes of wheat
and 3,221 tonnes of rice," Bhasin added.

Bhasin pointed out that the state government was spending
Rs 200 crore from its own limited resources to run the scheme.

"(the) state is providing wheat at Rs two per kg and rice
at Rs three per kg to the BPL families and rate for the APL
families is Rs four per kg for wheat and Rs six per kg for
rice," he added.

PTI