The storage capacity for grains in the country is well below par. And strangely in Jaipur we found that godowns were being used to store liquor. This is a shameful state of affairs and the Supreme Court has given a clean cut direction to the government, I demand that the Centre take a decision in this regard very quickly, he said.
He added that he had information, sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act that the government had been auctioning rotting grain at the rate of Rs 3 -4 per kilogram to distilleries. It just reflects a failure of the government, which has been declaring big things in the last four to five years and yet not been able to control hunger, he said.
In Parliament too things got heated over this issue between the Opposition and the treasury benches with BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and minister of state for culture V Narayanswamy having a heated exchange in the Lok Sabha. Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj too spoke out in Parliament after the Supreme Court order.
While agriculture minister Sharad Pawar assured the House that the Supreme Court order would be honoured, sources said that the order had put the government in a bind.