Bengal govt slams Centre's intervention in Khadya Sathi
Kolkata: Intervention of the Centre in Bengal's Khadya Sathi project by proposing a survey to check its implementation, has been criticised by the state government.
Sources said that the Centre has sent a letter to the state Food and Supplies department, stating that a survey will be conducted to assess the implementation of the project, under which rice has been distributed among people at Rs 2 per kg.
It has been learnt that the letter had reached the top brass of the state Food and Supplies department on February 10 and the matter has been reported to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as well.
It was also stated in the letter that a private third party agency will be engaged to carry out the survey.
It may be mentioned that Khadya Sathi is one of the dream projects of the present state government and since coming to power in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government had initiated various steps to ensure security of food for all in Bengal.
As a result, more than 9 crore people have been brought under the Khadya Sathi Prakalpa and a large section of them get rice at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 2 per kg.
The Centre's intervention has been criticised by the state government, as it would disturb the proper process of ensuring distribution of rice and wheat among the people of the state.
The Bengal government is contemplating that there could be some sort of conspiracy behind it.