New Delhi: As many as 4.48 lakh inspections were undertaken in various fair-price shops in the country last financial year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on 9 March.
Assuring members that the government was monitoring the performance of ration shops, agriculture, food and consumer affairs minister Sharad Pawar said during question hour that 66,825 raids were conducted in various fair-price shops during 2005-06. During the current financial year (till February 2007), licences of 2,634 fair-price shops were suspended as against 16,035 during 2005-06, Pawar said.
The Centre has been urging states and Union territories to activate vigilance committees and reconstitute them.
Urea output up
Urea production during 2005-06 stood at 200.90 lakh tonnes against 202.63 lakh tonnes in 2004-05 and 192.03 lakh tonnes during 2003-04, minister of state for fertilizers B.K. Handique said.
As per a survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), 60% of farmer households at all-India level reported that they like farming as a profession.
The remaining 40% reported that given a choice they would take up some other career.
Of the 40% who did not like farming as a profession, 27% did not find it profitable, 8% thought agriculture was a risky venture and the remaining 5% disliked it for some reasons including low social status, Pawar said.