Left wants foodgrains at Rs 2/ kg to all except rich

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 02:05 AM IST
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NEW DELHI After five days of nationwide campaign for ” food security to all”, the four Left parties on Saturday petitioned the Prime Minister to universalise the PDS ( public distribution system) by supplying a minimum 35 kg of food grains per mo

nth at Rs 2 a kg to all except the rich.

Abolish the distinction between APL ( above poverty line) and BPL ( below poverty line) as both were hit by the high food inflation, the Left leaders told Dr Manmohan Singh, suggesting that around 50 million tonnes of excess food stocks lying with the government should be better distributed among the APL and BPL families.

Those accompanying CPI- M general secretary Prakash Karat to plead with the PM to speed up the food security measures were S Sudhakar Reddy ( CPI), Debabrata Biswas ( Forward Bloc) and Abani Roy ( RSP).

They also warned against a move in the offing for cash transfers to the needy as they said the people would divert funds for other pressing needs and the high food inflation will erode the value of the amount given as relief. Expressing concern over the private traders exporting some 2.5 million tonnes of food grains supplied to them at subsidised rates, Karat urged the PM to immediately ban exports.

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