PMO not giving appointment to Kerala CM to discuss drought: MP

Minister also claimed that Kerala is eligible for 40 lakh metric tonnes of rice, but Centre reduced it by 10 lakh.

New Delhi: A Kerala Congress MP on Friday alleged that the PMO was not giving appointment to all-party delegation led by chief minister Pinayari Vijayan who wanted to raise the issue of drought in the state.

Speaking during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, K Suresh, member from Mavelikkara constituency in Kerala, claimed that the state was eligible for 40 lakh metric tonnes of rice, but the Centre has reduced the quota by 10 lakh metric tonnes.

"The situation has been aggravated by drought in Kerala," he said.

The Chief Minister has convened an all-party meeting to address the issue and sought an appointment with the PMO.

"But the PMO did not give an appointment to the Chief Minister," Suresh said, leading Congress and other opposition MPs to attack the government over Suresh's claim.

The Treasury Bench protested against the MP's claim and demanded that the remarks be expunged.

( Source : PTI )
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