When contacted, a senior Food Processing Ministry official said that the company, to which the project was allocated, did not fulfil certain conditions even after extension of deadline.

The Rs 200-crore project was inaugurated in October 2013 by Gandhi, Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former Union Minister for food processing industries,
Charan Das Mahant.

"The central government has cancelled the food park project in Amethi which aimed at providing employment to some 40 thousand people," Rahul Gandhi's representative looking
after the development of Amethi, Maan Singh said.

The park was aimed at giving direct or indirect employment to the jobless in 20 districts, providing market to the produce of the area and uplifting the economy of the area.

While laying the foundation stone, Rahul Gandhi had said, "Farmers are the most hard working and they get least. That is why we are establishing a food park here."

Senior Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh said that cancellation of the food park is yet another indication of the anti-farmer thinking of BJP and Modi government.

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