Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said his government required an additional 1.61 lakh tonnes of rice for distribution to below the poverty line (BPL) families.

Replying to a felicitation by Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara here, the Chief Minister said the Union Government supplied 1.77 lakh tonnes of rice to the State, which was not sufficient to implement the programme he announced on assuming office.

The government required an additional financial allocation of Rs. 5,000 crore to Rs. 6,000 crore to implement the programme, but there was no dearth of funds. However, the Chief Minister was emphatic that the programme would be implemented from July 1.

Mr. Siddaramaiah also said that there were some misgivings with regard to security to minorities during the BJP regime and that was why K.J. George, a member of the minority community, was given the Home portfolio.

Dr. Parameshwara said the promises made in the party manifesto would be implemented in five years. He said the party would not forget workers who brought it victory in the Assembly elections. He said some of them would be made chairmen of the boards and corporations, and the announcement would be made in due course. Several Ministers attended the programme.

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