TMC opposes UPAís direct cash transfer scheme

Jyotipriya Mullick

After Orissa and Tripura, Bengal is the latest to oppose the Centre's direct cash transfer to beneficiaries claiming it would lead to breakdown of the existing public distribution system and closure of Food Corporation of India.

"The basic objective of the PDS to arrest hunger among the poor will be defeated if the beneficiaries are provided cash instead of cheap food leading to closure of the Food Corporation of India," state Minister for Food and Supplies Jyotipriya Mullick said on Sunday.

He said the purpose of setting up of the FCI to provide cereals and pulses at subsidised rates to the people will be defeated since beneficiaries could use the cash for other purposes than food.

Noting that only 24 per cent of the population in the state have Adhaar cards, he said, "How can it be possible when a large number of people in West Bengal do not have Adhaar cards?"

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