Punjab: ‘Will demand physical verification of godowns’, says Sunil Jakharhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/punjab-atta-dal-scheme-sunil-jakhar-godowns-wheat-grains-rice-2770526/

Punjab: ‘Will demand physical verification of godowns’, says Sunil Jakhar

Earlier in the month, media reports had claimed that food grains worth Rs 12,000 crore had gone ‘missing’ from Punjab’s godowns.

India has maintained that it must have the freedom to use its food reserves to feed its poor without the threat of violating international obligations. (Express Photo by: Sumit Malhotra)
Earlier in the month, media reports had claimed that food grains worth Rs 12,000 crore had gone ‘missing’ from Punjab’s godowns. Representative image. (Express Photo by: Sumit Malhotra)

The Congress will demand, from the Prime Minister, a physical verification of food grains in Punjab’s godowns once the wheat procurement season is over. It will also demand that the government resolve the cash credit limit (CCL) issue permanently.

Former CLP leader and senior Congress leader Sunil Jakhar, while making the announcement on Monday, demanded a probe by a sitting judge into the food grain stock in Punjab, he said that Punjab government which is celebrating the release of CCL, should first explain that why this mandatory provision was stopped by the Centre.

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Earlier in the month, media reports had claimed that food grains worth Rs 12,000 crore had gone ‘missing’ from Punjab’s godowns. The government, however, responded that every grain was accounted for and that any discrepancy was due to differences in accounting practice.

“The government should explain that what concrete steps it had taken since October to resolve the CCL issue,” said Jakhar.

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He also took on the government regarding the health insurance card issued to farmers of Punjab under the Bhagat Puran Singh scheme.

“The government had announced that Rs 50,000 treatment would be provided free of cost to farmers but this card carried, in writing, that only Rs 30,000 treatment would be free. Deputy CM should explain that why he has been on the spree of telling lie on every issue and fooling the people of Punjab,” said Jakhar.

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