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Sonia asks party CMs to act tough against hoarders

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 5 (UNI) Congress president Sonia Gandhi today asked the Chief Ministers of the party-ruled states to take credible action against hoarders and to moderate diesel prices.

Ms Gandhi also asked the Chief Ministers to galvanise the procurement of foodgrains and continue measures to strengthen Public Distribution System (PDS), while addressing a meeting of chief ministers to discuss price rise.

Party spokesman Rajiv Shukla told reporters the measures were necessary to nullify the order of the then NDA Government dated February 15,2002 rescinding all Control Orders under the Essential Commodities Act which made it impossible to act against hoarders.

Mr Shukla pointed out the meeting had requested the Government that the said 2002 order rescinding all Control Orders under the ECA should be reconsidered and State Governments empowered to intervene in cases of hoarding of essential commodities.

He said the Congress president asked the Chief Ministers to continue to take measures to strengthen the Public Distribution System(PDS) and ensure that the PDS functioned effectively and the common man could get the essential commodities at reasonable prices.

She asked the Chief Ministers to create a network of ration shops for the purpose.

Ms Gandhi also asked the Chief Ministers to galvanise the procurement of foodgrains.

Mr Shukla pointed out that 90 per cent of the procurement had been done by Punjab and Haryana with Uttar Pradesh procuring the lowest of 50,000 tonnes.

Asked why only Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states had been called at the meeting, he did not rule out the possibility of the Prime Minister calling all the Chief Ministers to consider this issue.

The Prime Minister and Finance Minister listened to the views expressed by the Chief Ministers, he said.

The Chief Ministers of Punjab, Asom and Meghalaya could not attend the meeting, the former two because of sickness and the latter because of the ongoing Assembly session.


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