SIT to be constituted into Food and Civil Supplies scam

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jan 2019 10:15:22


Staff Reporter


Agriculture Department renamed as Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare and Bio-technology Department

New Congress Government rejects report on liquor ban of the then BJP Government

Chhattisgarh Cabinet decided to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by an officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police (IGP), to inquire into the Food and Civil Supplies scam.  The Chhattisgarh Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at Mantralaya on Tuesday, took several important decisions including allocation of budget for Shikshakarmis in Chhattisgarh Appropriation Bill-2018, and the speech of the Governor besides taking other decisions.

Addressing media persons at Mantralaya after the cabinet meeting, Parliamentary Affairs, Law and Legislative Affairs, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said that the SIT would conduct the inquiry of the left out pages of the dairy, which was recovered, in the Food and Civil Supplies Scam. The names of the persons written on page number 107 will be investigated by the SIT, said the Cabinet Minister.
Minister Choubey said that Chhattisgarh Cabinet decided to merge Shikshakarmis with the School Education Department and the new government would give a big gift to them. For this provision is being made in the third supplementary budget. The limit of the third supplementary budget has been extended. Now provisions have been made for budget for waiving off farmers’ loans.

Choubey, however, clarified that the Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel would announce the criteria what the government has planned for the Shikshakarmis in the upcoming assembly session or the budget session. The Governor’s speech was approved in the meeting and it will contain the promises of the new Congress government, he added.
The name of Agriculture and Bio technology Department has been changed and now it will be known as Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare and Bio-technology Department, said Choubey.

The Cabinet recommended a proposal to bring in a resolution in the assembly session to increase the numbers of council of ministers from 15 per cent to 20 per cent.
In the kharif- 2018-19, the government was targeted to procure 75 metric tons of paddy in the last year while this year the government has targeted to purchase 85 metric tons of paddy. Due to increase of minimum support price on paddy, the supply of paddy will increase at the procurement centres.

The State government has decided to procure 20 per cent more paddy in comparison to last financial year.
For it, the Cabinet also decided to provide additional cash credit limit on government bond to Chhattisgarh State Co-operative Marketing Federation Limited, he added. Minister of Food and Civil Supplies Mohammed Akbar said that the Cabinet rejected the study report on the liquor ban prepared by the previous BJP government and passed a proposal to constitute a new committee to study again for preparing a report on liquor ban in the state.

The old study committee was dissolved by the Cabinet. The 11-member study committee had submitted its report and given impractical and humorous recommendations to the State government for liquor ban. In the report, it was recommended to increase liquor shops, increase counters for selling liquor and cash counter that indicated to enhance liquor business and not for liquor ban. Besides, the committee had also recommended the adoption of system of Tamil Nadu to sell liquor through online, Akbar added.