Statement on distribution of foodgrains tomorrow: Pawar

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Mumbai, Jul 21 (UNI) The Maharashtra government will make a statement in the assembly on the distribution of foodgrains in the state tomorrow, water resources minister Ajit Pawar said today.

An assurance to this effect was given by Mr Pawar after Devendra Phadnavis (BJP) and Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP) sought information on as to why the government had announced four different dates to start the scheme to help the commonman.

Mr Phadanvis reminded that the scheme was to start on May one but till date, the government could not supply rice, edible oil and dal to the people. To which, Mr Deshmukh said the government has assured that the scheme would start on August one.

In the absence of food and civil supplies minister Sunil Tatkare, Mr Pawar replied that the government has planned to start supply of dal by August 15.

However, his statement was interrupted by Mr Deshmukh, who countered that he would have to bring a privilage motion against the minister as the government had given four different dates for the same scheme.

Mr Pawar clarified that since the issue of rates of dal and rice was subjudice, the scheme could not start across the state on May one and said the scheme had, however, already started in some parts of city. He added that a detailed written statement on the scheme would be made tomorrow.

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