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Ministerís PDS gaffe

Ranchi, Aug. 4: State food and civil supplies minister Lobin Hembrom today had to eat humble pie during Zero Hour of the Assembly while replying to a question on the status of different categories of PDS beneficiaries.

Answering a question raised by CPI-ML (Liberation) legislator Vinod Singh, JMM minister Hembrom said over 26 lakh families living above the poverty line were being provided foodgrains at subsidised prices through the public distribution system, drawing ridicule and criticism from Opposition parties.

With the legislators cutting across party lines questioning the veracity of the ministerís claim, Hembrom ate his words and said that the officials who prepared the reply had given him misleading information. Also, he promised to give a correct reply in the House on Wednesday and added that appropriate action would be taken against the erring officials.

Earlier, speaking during the chief ministerís Question Hour, Hemant Soren said the results of the 5th civil services exams had been put on hold following complaints of alleged irregularities.

On filling up teachersí posts across the state, Hemant said the government was amending the rules for regular appointments of TET qualified candidates to avoid confusion.

He said his government was committed to implementing the disability policy and every department would set aside three per cent of their budgetary allocation for the welfare of physically challenged. However, the appointment of a full-time disability commissioner will take time because of a high court stay order.

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