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Kejriwal urges PM to restore sugar subsidy in entirety

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister Kejriwal has urged Prime Minister Modi to restore the sugar subsidy in its entirety keeping the "hardship" of the poor in mind.

Kejriwal, in a letter to Modi dated June 13, said the decision of the Centre comes at a time when earnings of the poor as well as of the rich have taken a hit.


"There has been a rise in unemployment and incomes have come down irrespective of the rich or the poor. In these circumstances, the decision to end sugar subsidy is not right," he wrote.

The sugar subsidy was discontinued with effect from March 2017. The Union food ministry as well as some states had been keen on its continuance for at least families covered under the Antyodaya Anna (AAY).

Subsequently, the recently decided to restore the subsidy for states to ensure sale of 1 kg of sugar at a cheaper rate for 2.5 crore AAY families, the poorest of the poor, under the public distribution system (PDS).

A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by the prime minister.

In the 2017 Budget, the withdrew the sugar subsidy and earmarked only Rs 200 crore to clear past claims.

For the last fiscal, Rs 4,500 crore were allocated for the scheme that covered BPL families too.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 20:42 IST
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