Centre trying to derail CM’s peace efforts: Minister

State food and supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick today accused the UPA government of “hatching a conspiracy” to derail “West Bengal Chief Minister’s initiative to restore peace in Junglemahal and the Hills”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:March 16, 2012 2:35 am

State food and supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick today accused the UPA government of “hatching a conspiracy” to derail “West Bengal Chief Minister’s initiative to restore peace in Junglemahal and the Hills”.

“The Union government sent a letter to the state government on Wednesday informing that West Bengal would not get additional allocation of wheat and rice,meant for BPL category people of Junglemahal,Hill areas,Aila affected blocks and workers of closed tea gardens,in the next financial year,” Mullick said at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday.

“West Bengal was deprived of additional allocation of wheat and rice. We suspect that a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the Chief Minister’s initiative to restore peace in Junglemahal and Hill areas,” he alleged.

“If additional allocation of rice and wheat is not given to us,at least 20 lakh people of Junglemahal,Hills,Aila affected areas and closed tea gardens would not get these two crops from April. The ration system in those areas will collapse. The state government’s scheme to provide rice at Rs 2 per kg will be affected if the Centre does not give us the additional allocation by end of March,” Mullick said.

“We spoke to Union food secretary KV Thomas and Home Minister P Chidambaram about the problem. Both of them promised us that additional allocation will be given to us in the next financial year,” he added.

In 2011-12,West Bengal received 3,488 and 27,168 metric tonne of rice as additional allocation per month for APL and BPL category people respectively. The monthly additional allocation of wheat and rice for APL and BPL category people in 2011-12 financial year were 43,233 and 16960 metric tonne respectively.

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