Amarinder promises one-rupee wheat flour

Moga: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that the Congress government will provide wheat flour at the rate of Re one per kg to the poor, besides insuring the crops of farmers against any calamity natural or otherwise if voted to power.

Addressing a public rally here, Singh said, under the proposed National Food Security Act, which has already been approved by the union cabinet and is being introduced in the parliament, the poor across the country will get flour (aata) for Re one per kg.

It will be for far too less price than what Akalis are claiming to provide at Rs 4 per kg, he said. Even Rs 4 per kg aata was not provided by the Akalis of their own as it was government of India which is providing the state ten thousand tonnes of wheat every month for distributing among the people living below poverty line, he added. "And what to speak of acknowledging it, they are claiming it to be their own," he remarked.

The PCC President also announced that the farmers` crops will be automatically insured by the government against any calamity. He said, the existing system of ordering girdawris (revenue assessment) after any such calamity was time consuming and hardly yielded any results. He also took a dig at the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal for not being able to bring out a manifesto even when elections were just ten days away.