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GJM briefs Sharad Pawar on poor agriculture health, PDS in hills

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 17, 2009

DARJEELING, June 16: The Union Food Security Minister Sharad Pawar has called for transforming the Public Distribution System of food grains in Darjeeling hills into the system being implemented in Northeastern States.
This was informed to media here by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) general secretary Roshan Giri from New Delhi.
Mr. Giri along with seven other GJM central committee members along with Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh had called on the Union Minister today.
Speaking to media here from New Delhi, Mr. Giri said that the GJM team briefed Mr. Pawar about the problems being faced by agriculture and PDS in Darjeeling hills.
We have told the Union Minister about the geographical disadvantages for agriculture in Darjeeling hills and the hardships faced by the people, said Mr. Giri. We have also highlighted the lack of infrastructural development in the hills, he added.
The Minister has spoken for starting PDS in Darjeeling hills similar to those done in Northeast States which will benefit the people, said Mr. Giri.
Yesterday, the GJM team had submitted an elaborate report to the Union Home Minister P Chidambram on the devastation caused by Aila cyclone in Darjeeling hills. The party had submitted a budget plan of Rs. 1,000 crores for restoration and rehabilitation works in the Darjeeling hills.
The GJM also demanded the Union Home Minister a compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs for each victim, Rs. 50,000 for the injured persons, Rs. 25,000 for cattle loss and Rs. 5 lakhs for construction of houses washed away by the slides.

Source: The Sikkim Express

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