GUWAHATI, Oct 24 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre for the skyrocketing prices of pulses. The Central government has failed to import the essential commodity on time and this has led to the present situation, said the Chief Minister.
In a statement, he said, �The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is solely responsible for the spiralling rise in the prices of pulses as it failed to import the essential commodity at the appropriate time. Today, the hoarders and black marketeers are having a field day and the common men have been hit hard as pulses constitute their staple meal.�
While recalling his tenure as Union Minister of State for Food in 1992, he said that he had imported three million tonnes of wheat to keep the prices of the commodity under control.
�The Central government�s insensitivity towards the aam aadmi has been exposed by its total failure to keep the prices of pulses under check. What �acche din� is the Centre talking about when it fails to provide staple food of the aam aadmi at reasonable prices? As a matter of fact, the hardships and miseries of the aam aadmi have gone up by leaps and bounds during the tenure of the present dispensation at the Centre,� he added.
The Chief Minister said that the present government at the Centre faced scathing criticism from its own Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, for squeezing Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) funds.
�If ICDS programmes aimed at fighting child malnutrition are hit by fund crunch then it has ominous portends of further pushing up infant and maternal mortality rates,� said the Chief Minister.