PM’s role sought for settling food account

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the settlement of ₹ 31,000 crore food account for procurement of wheat and paddy, which he said was wrongly taken over by the previous Akali Dal-BJP government instead of being adjusted between the State and the Union governments.₹31,000 crore“The ₹31,000 crore included ₹12,000 crore principal and ₹19,000 crore interest amount,” the Chief Minister said, pointing out that the sum was on account of non-adjustment of accounts for procurement done by the State agencies for the Food Corporation of India from 2003-2004 onwards.At a meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi, Capt. Amarinder said that he had been pursuing the matter ever since taking over as the Chief Minister and it was now pending with the Union Finance Ministry.He added that the State was already facing an annual interest payment liability of Rs.324 crore and the total pay-off might touch ₹65,000 crore, which was totally untenable for the State.Special packageThe Chief Minister also raised the demand for a special package for the development of the border areas of Punjab in view of the fact that the State has an active International Border with several thickly populated areas located close to it.Debt waiverRaising the problems being faced by farmers in the State, Capt. Amarinder presented a request for a national debt waiver scheme, besides making the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana 100% centrally funded.last_img

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