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'No subsidy on food grains can affect law and order during Kumbh'

Posted on Nov 23, 04:56PM | UNI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today dashed-off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said a law and order problem can prevail during Kumbh mela, if the foodgrains were not provided at Below Poverty Line (BPL) rates during the event.

"The devotees and the saints would be in ire, posing a threat to the law and order situation, if the food grains would not be provided at cheap rates during the Kumbh mela," Mr Yadav stated in the letter to the PM.

Earlier in 2001, the central government had provide food grains to the devotees at BPL rates, but this year the union government has asked the state government to purchase the same at market price.

UP Chief Minister had earlier written a letter to Union Government on September 6 and again to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 21 demanding that UPA should provide food grains, sugar and kerosene and other necessary items for Kumbh Mela at the BPL rate.

The UP Government had asked for 16,200 metric tonnes of wheat, 9600 metric tonnes of rice, 6,000 metric tonnes of sugar and 13,200 kilo litre of kerosene at BPL rate. Besides, it had also asked for 18,000 LPG connections and 60,000 refills at subsidised rates.