Under fire,Thomas says no hurry to export wheat

The Centre’s decision to export wheat has prompted criticism from the Right to Food Campaign,which called the move “unjust” and urged PM Manmohan Singh to scrap it

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 5, 2012 3:34:57 am

The Centre’s decision to export wheat has prompted criticism from the Right to Food Campaign,which called the move “unjust” and urged PM Manmohan Singh to scrap it.

In a letter to Singh,the campaign,which is run by activists including NAC member Aruna Roy,said it was “appalled” the government chose to “subsidise export of wheat” to “liquidate stocks rather than distribute it to the starving multitudes in India”. “Subsidised exports essentially mean the government is taking a conscious policy decision to provide subsidy to cattle in industrialised countries (which will be the use the grain will be put to) rather than provide it to the poorest of the poor citizens in the country,” the letter read.

Food Minister K V Thomas,meanwhile,said the Centre was in no hurry to export wheat. “We are looking at international situation because prices in global market are getting better and better,” he said. “Our idea is to get a better price. At the same time a large chunk of grain produced in the country should go to people of this country.”

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