Rajasthan CM writes to PM Modi amid coronavirus crisis, asks Centre for more wheat
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister, asking him to increase the state’s quota of allotment of wheat under the Food Security Act in view of the increasing demand amid lockdown.
In his letter to the PM, Ashok Gehlot demanded the Centre to release 30,000 MT of extra wheat to cater to a population of 54 lakh added between 2011 and 2019. He said the allotment should be on the basis of the current population and not the current basis of the 2011 census.
“The Centre has been giving 2.32 MT wheat for around 4.5 crore population in Rajasthan. In reality, the number of eligible persons has increased to over 5 crores,” Ashok Gehlot said.
The Rajasthan CM also added that the coronavirus crisis has pushed persons under the FSA and other needy into severe distress and that the Centre must be willing to help. The CM said Rajasthan has diverted some of the mid-day meal stock for corona relief and rest for children.
Ashok Gehlot has also asked the Centre to announce a stimulus package for the states. “While Manmohan Singh government gave a 3 per cent of GDP as stimulus package, Modi government has given only 0.8 per cent,” Gehlot said.
The Rajasthan CM said India must look at countries abroad where US has given 10 per cent of the GDP as relief package and France, Germany and UK have given up to 15 per cent.