According to the latest information available, it has been reported that BJP leader Mr Sushi Kumar Modi today hit out at Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar, alleging that the state government has failed to meet its paddy procurement target in view of a set target of procuring 27 lakh tonnes of paddy this fiscal, the state government has claimed to have purchased only 3.25 lakh tonnes so far, as it has been stated. Further, even this claim is high as the actual procurement is even less than 2 lakh tonnes. The financial year will be over in one-and-a-half months’ time. Can the state government be able to procure rest 25 lakh tonnes in this time as questioned by Mr Modi, who is a Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council.
Furthermore, in this regard, the BJP leader also revealed that Rs 3,807 crore was needed for paddy procurement but the districts have been provided only Rs 244 crore for the purpose. It was said that two lakh tonnes of rice was deposited in the godowns of state Food Corporation, which is far short at 18,000 tonnes at present. Moreover, the state Food Corporation has neither bought sacks for collecting rice nor has officials to check quality of the rice. It has also been narrated that after winning the election, the Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar is unconcerned about farmers and is roaming in other states for cobbling up support of parties against BJP, it was added.