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Cong terms reported resumption of fertiliser subsidy in Guj

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today attacked the central over the reported resumption of fertiliser subsidy to farmers in poll-bound through a state body, terming it an "lollipop".

Talking to reporters here, spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi also demanded that Prime Minister Modi come clear on the "scam".

He said the had earmarked a specific amount of money as fertiliser subsidy for farmers of The money was "pocketed" by the State Fertilisers and Chemical (GSFC) Limited, he alleged.

On learning about it, the withdrew the money so that better steps could be taken to ensure transparency, Singhvi said.

The at the Centre "forgot" the issue, he added.

In the meantime, judicial procedure was followed and the state body was found guilty of pocketing Rs 986.56 crore, the leader alleged.

"It is intriguing that instead of following legal procedures, the withdrew the case and made an out-of-court settlement with the in March and agreed to resume subsidy from that month itself," he claimed.

"Clearly, the Gujarat elections acted as a definite factor in resuming the subsidy... it has become another lollipop," he told reporters.

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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 21:07 IST