Paswan demands probe into alleged black marketing of fertilisers

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Patna, Nov 24 (UNI) Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today demanded a high-level probe into the alleged black marketing of fertilisers in Bihar, causing its artificial scarcity and hardships to the farmers of the state.

Mr Paswan told reporters here that the Centre had released the fertilisers to the state as per its requirements and there could not have been any shortage in this regard if it was distributed properly among the farmers of the state.

''As Union Minister, I have the responsibility to clarify the Centre's position and inform the people that the fertilisers were being made available to the state, if there were any speculations about non-cooperation from the Centre in this front,'' he added.

''If the data quoted by me on availability of the fertilisers to Bihar by the Centre is proved wrong, I am prepared to resign from the Union Cabinet as well as from the Lok Sabha,'' Mr Paswan asserted.

He dared the Nitish Kumar government to inform the people about the utilisation of Central funds for execution of various welfare and development schemes in the state on its completion of two years in office.

''All tall claims of development and improvement in law and order situation by the NDA government in the state have proved baseless as the ground level situation has continued to remain more or less the same,'' he said.

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