People in UP deprived of benefits of Food Security Act: Rahul Gandhi

Written by PTI | Amethi | Updated: Feb 20 2014, 00:35am hrs
Rahul GandhiUP govt says it will implement the Food Security Act after elections: Rahul Gandhi. PTI
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today slammed the SP-led UP government over non-implementation of Food Security Act in the state, saying the state government was "depriving" people of the benefits of the scheme.

"The Uttar Pradesh government says it will implement the Act after the elections, which means that till that time the people of the state would be deprived of its benefit," the Congress general secretary said here.

The local MP was on a tour of his parliamentary constituency today. He held 'chaupal' (meetings) in villages and criticised the Samajwadi Party government for poor state of roads and power in Amethi.

Rahul, who reached Amethi by road from Lucknow, interacted with the people at Tedhai, Thara, Shivratanganj, Paware, Semrauta, Kotwa, Mehmanpur and Sattan Ka Purwa villages and held 'chaupals'.

During 'chaupals' he asked people about the food security and said that except Uttar Pradesh the Act has been implemented all over the country, sources said.

"Under the new law, poor families would get 25 kg food-grain every month," he said.

"The central government sent money to the state for development. Work of road, electricity and others has to be done by the state government.

"We can only create pressure, which we do and will continue to do in future as well," he said.

When a local Congress MLA attracted Rahul's attention towards poor condition of roads in Kotwa, Mehmanpur and Sattan Ka Purwa, constructed during the time of Rajiv Gandhi, the Congress leader said that he would make efforts to get them repaired.

On November 22, the UP government had said that it has prepared a road map to implement the National Food Security Act and a cell has also been formed in the Food Commissioner's office to work on it.

Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies, Deepak Trivedi had said a steering committee chaired by the Chief Secretary has also been formed in which the Food Commissioner has been made Coordinator and the principal secretary and secretary of departments concerned have been made members.

The Principal Secretary had said for implementing the Food Security Act, the Centre had made mandatory identifying of families in the light of social, economic and caste census 2013 data and since the Centre has set a target to identify eligible households till July 2014 and all districts have still not completed the task, the work is getting affected.

The District Collectors of the respective districts have been given strict instructions to provide top priority to complete this task, he had said.