‘Chief Minister will meet Sonia Gandhi again’

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, during his recent visit to New Delhi, has sought Centre’s assistance to implement to proposed Rs. 2-a-kg rice scheme, according to Finance Minister K. Rosaiah.

“Dr. Reddy had detailed discussion with the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the move to revive the rice scheme and sought Central assistance,” he told reporters here on Thursday.

“While the high command is yet to give the clearance, the Chief Minister will once again get back to the party chief with finer details for implementation of the programme,” he added.

Not on agenda

Mr. Rosaiah also clarified that during the recent Cabinet meeting, the rice scheme was not on agenda and only an informal discussion was held.

Modalities

“The Cabinet has informally approved of the proposal to revive the rice scheme,” he said adding that the Chief Minister had some time ago asked him to examine whether the PDS rice presently sold at Rs. 5.20 per kg could be brought down to benefit the poor people.

“Officials are working out modalities as to how the rice scheme can be implemented,” the Finance Minister said adding that once the Government took a decision, the scheme would have to be implemented without any personal likes or dislikes.

He exuded confidence that the scheme could be implemented without affecting fiscal discipline.