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PCC plea to Pondy Govt

Posted on Jan 21, 08:20PM | UNI

Puducherry Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) today urged the administration not to stop the 'Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme' for school children for any reason.

In a statement here today, PPCC spokesman A V Veeraraghavan, reacting to reports that due to financial crisis the governemnt may wind up the scheme, said the scheme was inaugurated by AICC president Sonia Gandhi to ensure children did not attend class on an empty stomach.

The government, which was reeling under severe financial crisis, will have to pay Rs 65 lakh to a private biscuit company for supplying biscuits for the breakfast scheme and Rs 6 crore to the Puducherry Cooperative Milk Dairy for the milk supplied.

At the same time, the government will have to get tax arrears of Rs 186 crore from high tension power users and Rs 65 crore from LT consumers besides Rs 200 crore from petrol pump owners.

The government should take immediate steps to collect the tax arrears to run the breakfast scheme, he demanded.

School children had biscuits and milk today under the breakfast scheme with the available stocks when the school re-opened after a 20-day half-yearly leave.

But it was not known how long it would continue. Classes could not be taken today since textbooks were not available.

Tamil Nadu refused to provide textbooks until a due of Rs.1.60 crore for the textbooks already supplied was not paid to the government, he claimed.