Srinagar: Stating that the new food entitlement scheme announced by the state government is devoid of any major relief, CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has said the exorbitant rates of 5 Kgs of additional ration announced under the scheme has diluted the initiative being portrayed as a major relief given to the common public.
In a statement issued here, Tarigami said: “The ration being sold @ Rs 10 per kg will be now available to the consumers @ Rs 15 per kg under the new food entitlement scheme. On the one hand, the government has increased the quota of ration and on the other hand this additional quota has been made unaffordable for the common man. This arbitrary hike in the price of subsidized ration has minimized the relief given to the public.”
He invited the attention of the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti towards the CPI (M) resolution on the subject that was unanimously adopted by the Legislative Assembly on 27.08.2014 for provision of 35 kgs ration to each family @ Rs 2 per kg.
The CPI (M) leader also rued the massive discrepancies in the database compiled by the CAPD in the state and termed it as step towards nurturing corruption and malpractices in the department.