Mayawati writes to PM to increase DAP allocation

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Lucknow, Dec 11 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has written a letter to Prime minister Manmohan Singh demanding additional allocation of one lakh tonne of DAP fertiliser to meet the demand of the agriculture sector of the state.

The CM has also urged the PM to make available 60,000 tonne of DAP within the next fortnight.

The CM has also written a letter to the Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav to make available wagons to ferry the DAP from Kandla port at the earliest.

State cabinet secretary Shashankk Shekhar Singh said here today that on strict directives of the CM raids were being conducted in all the districts to nab the blackmarketeers.

''The DAP crisis will certainly end within 10 days as after the strictness of the government the demand and supply gap which was around two lakh tonne has come down to only one lakh tonne '', he asserted.

Meanwhile, in other direction, the state government has given stern orders to the concerned departments for smooth procurement of paddy during the current season.

All district magistrates have been asked to monitor the procurement process while the farmers would be paid immediately for their produce.

The state government has procured 2,66,605 tonne of paddy till December 10 a whereas the procurement in the last season during the same period was 1,83,682 tonne.

UNI

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