Paying cash instead of rice under PDS is a conspiracy: Somu Veerraju

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“It’s a plot by some political bigwigs to make a quick buck by exporting grain to foreign countries at low prices”

“It’s a plot by some political bigwigs to make a quick buck by exporting grain to foreign countries at low prices”

Strongly opposing the proposed payment of cash instead of rice under the Public Delivery System (PDS), BJP State Chairman Somu Veerraju said he aims to dispense with delivery home rations.

Furthermore, it was a plot by some political bigwigs to make a quick buck by exporting the grain to foreign countries at low prices, he alleged.

Attending a program organized under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav here on Wednesday, Mr Veerraju said the government was increasing pressure on PDS beneficiaries to accept cash payments to implement his proposal .

A survey in Gajuwaka, Anakapalli, Narsapuram, Kakinada and Nandyal revealed that a majority of consumers had opted for rice distribution, but the government seemed determined to go ahead with its plan.

Residents of Civil Supplies Minister Karumuri Nageswara Rao’s constituency also preferred to receive rice.

Mr. Veerraju alleged that the rice intended to be supplied under the PDS was being converted into sannalu (nice quality) in West Godavari district allegedly with the blessing of those who hold power in government.

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