Chhattisgarh to launch food security scheme on Jan 10

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Raipur, Dec 17 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Chhattisgarh will organise programmes in all the 18 districts to launch its ambitious food security scheme aimed at providing rice at Rs three a kilo to all those living below the poverty line on January 10.

Addressing a press conference here after the state BJP executive meeting, Chief Minister Raman Singh said senior party leaders would attend meetings in some of the districts while ministers, legislators and MPs would attend the programmes to be organised in other places.

Pointing out that his government had earmarked Rs 800 crore to provide rice at Rs three per kg to people of all categories living below the poverty line, he said the beneficiaries could purchase 35 kg of rice every month for Rs 105 only.

BJP secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, who was present at the press conference, described the state government's scheme as unique saying that no other state has come up with such a scheme that ensure food security to more than 62 per cent of the state's population.

He reiterated that the BJP's demand for increasing the minimum support price of paddy to Rs 1,000 so as to make at par with the support price of wheat.

''Never in the past, there has been a difference of about Rs 250 in the support price of wheat and paddy,'' he said, adding that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was yet to favourably respond to the demand being raised by the paddy cultivators of more than seven states.

UNI

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