Patna: A senior Bihar government minister on Monday decried "discrimination" with Bihar in terms of inadequate allotment of food grain and kerosene oil by the Centre for distribution to the intended beneficiaries under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

The Centre has been meting out 'step motherly' treatment with Bihar by allocating 2.28 lakh metric tonne food grains for distribution among 65.23 lakh BPL families even as the number of such families in Bihar stood at 1.37 crore, Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak said in the legislative assembly.
    
Replying to a debate on the Food and Consumer Protection Department's budget of Rs 1426 crore for 2013-14, he said that
Bihar has been "discriminated" by the Centre in allotment of kerosene quota at 2.25 litre per BPL families that amounted to one-fourth to allotment to states like Delhi and Maharashtra.
    
The electricity shortage in Bihar was a well documented fact and the Centre should have taken note of it before deciding on kerosene quota for the state, Rajak said. Stating that the state government was committed to provide food grain and related materials to the BPL and other poor families, he said that the digitization of all ration card holders was underway for the purpose.
    
The Food and Consumer Protection department has also proposed to ensure 'doorstep delivery' of food grains and other items to the beneficiaries under the PDS system, he said, adding that procurement of rice and paddy in a transparent manner and enhancement of storage capacity were other priorities of his department.
    
The House passed the Food and Consumer department budget by a voice vote amid boycott by the opposition members at the far end of the business of the day.

(Agencies)

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