HIGHLIGHTS HUNGER DEATH IN JHARKHAND IN BACKDROP OF PUNJAB SEEKING LIQUIDATION OF OVERFLOWING RICE AND WHEAT STOCKS
CHANDIGARH, MARCH 20: Punjab Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu has written to the Union Food Minister to press for comprehensive policy for proper distribution of foodgrains in the starvation prone states of country.
In his letter to Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Ashu while highlighting the recent starvation related death in Jharkhand, expressed concern over the paradoxical situation of overflowing food stocks in Punjab awaiting release on one hand and people dying of hunger in other state.
“This news is an eye opener for us for bringing suitable policy to ensure pruper distrihution of food grains in starvation prone states”, Ashu said in his letter.
Seeking personal intervention of the Union Minister, Ashu highlighted the issue of immediate liquidation of Punjab’s food stocks.
Our godowns are full with foodgrains, said Ashu adding stocks of food grains being prone to rotting and damage due to vagaries of nature warrant immediate policy intervention to ensure availability of food grains for the poor people in such deficit states.