Convene special Assembly session to discuss food security: Mani

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Kochi, May 22 (UNI) Kerala Congress (M) leader K M Mani today urged the State government to convene a special Assembly session to discuss the 'Food Security Scheme', which was being dragged into political entangles.

Speaking to reporters here, he said ''the food security scheme, which was very important for the state, was stalled because of differences of opinion in the ruling Left Democratic Front.'' Mr Mani, whose party is a constituent of the Opposition, also ridiculed Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan's statement that the scheme had been implemented through 'Kudumbashree'scheme.

''Instead of delaying the scheme, the Government should initiate steps to enact laws for the scheme and implement it as soon as possible,'' he noted.

If the scheme had to be implemented as per the Centre's guidelines, a special project and funding were imperative, he added.

The state was producing only one-fifth of the required food and was depending on other states for essential products and this scheme should bail the State out of the precarious situation, Mr Mani said.

Meanwhile, Youth Congress workers took out a protest rally against the Government's inability to approve the food security scheme.

Police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse the workers, who tried to barge into the Civil Supplies office here.

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