ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Food and Politics

Food and Politics THE United Opposition Front in the State Assembly, the Samyukta Vidhayak Dal, has submitted a memorandum on food to the State Government suggesting short-term and long-term' measures to meet the scarcity of rice and bring down the prices of foodgrains. The memorandum was jointly submitted by the PSP, SSP, CPI, RCPI and Swa- tantra parties. Among the demands made in it are abolition of intra- district and inter-district restrictions on movement of foodgrains, sealing of the State boundaries to stop smuggling, raising of the procurement price from Rs 17, the rate fixed by the Food Corporation, to Rs 25 per maund, rationalisation of the price of rice, the taking over of procurement by the State Government from the F C I, fixing the rice quota at a minimum of 1,500 grams per head per week with price subsidy and distribution of rice through fair price shops and cooperatives. These short-term measures are supplemented by demands for measures for rotation of crops and flood-control and provision of pesticides and other facilities for cultivating 'every inch of fallow land'.

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