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Centre should come up with 'Food for Work' scheme for poor: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot urges PM Modi

Food grains are available in bulk with the central government for the operation of such a scheme, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said.

Published: 12th April 2020 12:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2020 12:10 AM   |  A+A-

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should come up with a 'Food for Work' scheme as a social safety net for the poor in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

While participating in the video conference of chief ministers of various states with the Prime Minister, Gehlot said that the decision on the extension of the lockdown should be taken after taking all the states into confidence.

The CM pointed out that the ongoing lockdown poses a threat to the livelihood of the ragpickers, hawkers/rickshaw pullers, nomads and other helpless people.

In such a situation, the Centre should consider revamping a scheme on the lines of 'Food for Work'.

Food grains are available in bulk with the central government for the operation of such a scheme, he said in a statement.

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Gehlot said that the proposed scheme was earlier introduced during a famine-drought under the tenure of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 and proved to be very popular and successful.

Gehlot said that the Rajasthan government has provided an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2,500 to more than 31 lakh families of the poorer sections who do not come under the purview of social security pensions.

The Centre should also devise a similar scheme of ex-gratia payment for this category of people so that they can get financial support, he said.

The CM suggested the Centre give concessions in central GST and incentive packages for industries.

He requested permission for the state to increase the borrowing capacity and increase fiscal deficit limit mentioned in the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act to 5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).

He called for making available Rs 1 lakh crore grant to the state governments at the earliest.

After listing out various steps taken by the state government during the ongoing lockdown, the CM emphasised on taking a collective decision by looking to the situation of the individual states and taking the respective state governments into confidence.

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  • R RAMACHANDRAN RAJAGOPAL

    Food grains provided under Food for work scheme were sent to the black market by executed work by machines and released the food grains six months after executed the works.By that scheme attained the benefits by both the corruption practices State officials and ruling parties cadres.Even in MGNREG Scheme such crimes are continues.For example setting up the rain water harvesting ponds by digging the earth by machines and filling up them by rocks and sand by machine.But laying boards on them as those are setting up under MGNREG Scheme and swindling huge money in them by both the corruption practices State officials and ruling parties cadres.They spending about ten to twelve thousand per pond.But in boards stated that rupees 26000 spent.Because of enrolled the people belongs to rich/salaried families
    1 month ago reply
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