While the state is suffering from a shortage of food grain, the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine continues to give a subsidy to 25 distilleries that make alcohol from grain. A petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court against the state government to stop not only the subsidy but also the supply of food grain to distilleries. The subsidy scheme was started in 2001-02 during Vilasrao Deshmukh’s tenure as Chief Minister to encourage farmers to grow food crops. But, according to the petition, small farmers are not benefiting from the scheme. The petition goes on to state that when Vilasrao Deshmukh extended the scheme to Marathwada, the region he hails from, the first project was given to his son Amit Deshmukh – who is a MLA in the present state government. (TYPE NAMES ON VISUALS OF THE POLITICIANS IN THE COMING LINES) And here is the bigger shocker – the names of politicians are from both the ruling and opposition like Govindrao Adik and his son and even Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja Munde-Palwe, and Vimal Mundada. The Shiv Sena raised the issue in the assembly recently. While the government admitted that the scheme may need to be scrapped, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan claimed that too much investment had been made in the distilleries. However, since Maharashtra is facing a major food grain crunch, the state has decided to suspend all new projects to make alcohol from grains. At a time when starvation is one of the burning issues haunting the poor in the state, shame on those politicians who are literally snatching grains from the mouth of the poor that too to make alcohol. If nothing else, the conscience of these politicians is definitely dead. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
December 4, 2015
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