In city to inspect the ongoing paddy procurement, union minister of consumer affairs Ramvilas Paswan on Sunday said Congress national vice-president Rahul Gandhi should “stay within his limits and refrain from politicising the Army affairs.”
“Prime Minister Modi said it clearly that army should be allowed to do its job. Whatever statement has to be given, will be given by army spokespersons. There is no need to politicise the surgical strikes and Rahul Gandhi should follow that too. He should stay within his limits. A few days ago he was was supporting and thanking the PM and now is he making cheap comments. Let army do their job,” said Paswan commenting on “dalaali” remark by Rahul Gandhi.
Paswan also said Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal should first manage Delhi before trying his luck in Punjab. “He is unable to handle Delhi and now he has reached Punjab to show his expertise,” he said.
Speaking on the condition of pulse production in the country, Paswan said that produce of pulses is expected to touch 200 lakh tonnes this year, which is still far lower than the demand of 246 lakh tonnes. Last year, the country produced 176 lakh tonnes of pulses.
“Hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of pulses will not only motivate farmers and increase its output but also reduce the imports and we would be able to meet domestic demand. We have already increased pulses MSP by Rs 425 per quintal and now moong, urad and toor are procured for over Rs 5,000 per quintal. This will help in controlling imports and meeting domestic needs,” said Paswan.
The ministry has already detected more than 2.62 crore fake ration cards since their linking with Aadhar number has been started.