Ram Vilas Paswan: 4 months to ‘Good Days’ Paswan: No one will go hungry in NDA rule Paswan: Hoarding India’s biggest problem

Ram Vilas Paswan: 4 months to ‘Good Days’

Paswan: No one will go hungry in NDA rule

Paswan: Hoarding India’s biggest problem

 

New Delhi, July 3: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the biggest hurdle faced by the NDA government in bringing in good days is that of hoarding. However, Paswan claimed that no one will go hungry in NDA rule.

 

Participating in Budget Aaj Tak conclave Paswan also blamed the states for failure to curb the rise in food prices. Paswan was speaking at the session ‘It’s a matter of food.’ “The biggest issue is that of Onions. Wheat is not much of a problem. While there is no shortage of any commodity,

We don’t  have good facilities to store vegetables and so we face this issue every year for 2-3 months,” Paswan said adding that the NDA govt has taken several steps to curb rising prices.

“The problem is that the states have the power, the Centre has to depend on state governments for action. We can only promote marketing of a product. Food production is rising but the problem is that of hoarding. Food Security Act is not in force in several states” Paswan said.

 

Replying to a question on preparedness to deal with a possible drought-like situation, Paswan said that there is no shortage of any food item. “We raised import duty on sugar so that farmers could get their money from sugar factories.  Farmers in UP have not been paid Rs 13,000 crore dues, something that will harm productivity in the future. We have asked FCI that we won’t keep old stock but release that in the market, even if it means incurring losses. I promise that I will ensure that no one will go to bed hungry,” Paswan claimed.

 

Replying to another question Paswan said that the middleman system needs to be ended for which the states and the Centre will have to work together. “Even if there is low production in one part of the country, there will be no shortage as other states can fill the shortfall. We are at the beginning of our term, give us four months and we promise good days will come for all to see. But first, some bitter medicine will have to be administered,” he rounded up.

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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