Rice Smuggling In AP: Bharatiya Janata Party Andhra Pradesh unit president criticised the state government move to the proposed payment of cash in lieu of rice under the Public Distribution System (PDS), and he said it was aimed at dispensing with the door delivery of ration. Besides, it was a conspiracy by some political bigwigs to make a quick buck by exporting the grains to foreign countries at low prices, he alleged.
Somu Veerraju demanded the government to immediately lift the cases booked on his party workers for obstructing the vehicles allegedly smuggling PDS rice. He participated in a protest at the Collectorate along with Ongole parliament district president Sirasanagandla Srinivasulu in Ongole on Thursday and demanded that the government must conduct a CBCID inquiry on the PDS rice smuggling mafia and provide quality rice for the ration cardholders.
Somu Veerraju said that Markapuram BJP workers obstructed the illegal transport of PDS rice recently, and informed the police. He alleged that the police, who should take action on the smugglers, booked cases on his party workers for acting as the whistle blowers. He opined that the quality of the rice is not enough for consumption by the public, and that is why the rice mafia is able to procure the rice.
The BJP state unit chief said that the rice being supplied under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is not being supplied to the poor, but is being diverted to the mafia by the dealers. He demanded the government to supply best quality rice or pay Rs 38 per kg of rice, if the public opts for the cash instead of rice in the on-going pilot survey in Kakinada, Narasapuram and other ULBs.
Reacting to the incident of RTA staff snatching away the car of a pilgrims’ family, Veerraju condemned the action of the officers and said they stranded the devotees of Lord Balaji, to exhibit their devotion to their lord in government. He advised the officials to understand that the public is paying their salaries, and it is their duty to serve them.
In order to get the message to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Somu Veerraju had planned to stage protests in Ongole, where the CM is touring today.