RAM VILAS PASWAN

  • Bihar far behind in paddy purchase, says Ram Vilas Paswan 12 hours 34 minutes ago

    Patna: Union Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday claimed that Bihar was lagging far behind in the purchase of paddy in comparison to other states. "Paddy purchase is going on extensively in the country. Punjab has purchased 116 lakh tonnes of paddy till December...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan blames lack of vision for Jharkhand's poll instability December 4, 2014

    Ranchi: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said 10 'golden years' were wasted due to lack of vision and the need of the hour was to elect a stable government in the state. "Ten golden years were wasted due to lack of vision. A stable government can develop Jharkhand," the...
  • Lalu is an expired medicine, says Paswan November 18, 2014

    Lucknow: Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday described Lalu Prasad as an "expired medicine" while reacting to the RJD supremo's reported statement in which he had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become an NRI (Non-Resident Indian). "Lalu is expiry date medicine," the Union minister for...
  • LJP may contest alone in J&K Assembly polls November 3, 2014

    Srinagar: The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is part of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre but it may contest the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls against the saffron party. LJP President and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the party's parliamentary board would hold deliberations to take a final...
  • Bihar: Nitish, Manjhi cannot go together, says Paswan November 1, 2014

    Patna: Amid reports of differences between Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and his predecessor Nitish Kumar, LJP on Saturday accused Kumar of making mockery of a mahadalit Chief Minister and said the two could not go along. "Dono ek rah par chalne wale nahin hain (the two cannot walk...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan meets FM Jaitley; wants import duty on edible oils to be hiked October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and discussed the issue of raising import duty on crude and refined edible oils to restrict cheap imports and protect domestic farmers, among other matters. Problems faced by sugar mills...
  • Don't make arrears payment a prestige issue: Ram Vilas Paswan to UP mills October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: UP-based private sugar mills are not short of funds to clear arrears of Rs 3,055 crore to cane farmers, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday while asking companies not to make payment a "prestige issue". "It is not that you have...
  • What happened with Bihar CM Manjhi a matter of shame: Paswan September 29, 2014

    Food Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan condemned the incident of alleged discrimination against Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. Paswan said, "Untouchability is a crime. If it has happened with Bihar Chief Minister, it is a matter of shame." ...
  • LJP to campaign for BJP-led NDA for Maharashtra polls September 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP may not be one of BJP's allies for Maharashtra Assembly elections, but it has decided to go the extra mile to campaign for the saffron party-led alliance. The LJP chief is also set to hit the campaign trail in Haryana and Maharashtra to help...
  • Bypoll results not indicator of things to come: Ram Vilas Paswan September 21, 2014

    Patna: Downplaying August's bypoll results in Bihar in which the BJPled coalition fared poorly winning only four out of 10 seats, Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday said it would be wrong to assume that the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress would come...
  • LJP's Chirag Paswan hits back, calls Lalu a 'retired comedian' August 18, 2014

    Patna: Lok Janshakti Party Vice President Chirag Paswan on Monday called Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad a retired comedian. In retaliation to Lalu's comment on his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, he said, "During polls, Lalu comes up with such jokes. He must know that he is...
  • Lalu Prasad calls Paswan 'weathercock', LJP leader hits back August 17, 2014

    Lalu Prasad on Sunday called LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan a 'weathercock', saying he switches sides at the drop of a hat, evoking a sharp response where the RJD supremo was questioned for joining hands with arch rival Nitish Kumar. At a rally in Chapra, 75 km from...
  • NDA leaders attend Iftar party by Ram Vilas Paswan July 28, 2014

    Several NDA leaders attended the Iftar party organised by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan at the state headquarters of the Lok Janshakti Party. Paswan greeted and welcomed everybody on the occasion and prayed for development and prosperity of the nation as well as Bihar. Rashtriya...
  • PM should intervene on UPSC CSAT issue: LJP July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over falling success ratio of students from rural background in UPSC civil service examination, Ram Vilas Paswanled LJP on Saturday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention into the matter. LJP Parliamentary Board Chairman and Paswan's son Chirag, in a letter to Modi, said the Prime Minister should...
  • India to free up extra 10 million tonne wheat in open market July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India will free up another 10 million tonnes of wheat in the open market, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday after a Cabinet meeting, as part of efforts to keep a lid on food prices. The government buys rice and wheat from local farmers to build reserves...
  • Paswan seeks punitive measures against hoarders July 20, 2014

    Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday blamed hoarders for the "sudden" increase in prices of essential commodities and suggested framing of stern laws to deal with them. "It has been noticed that food and vegetable prices shoot as hoarders stockpile these commodities and make a kill...
  • Congress hits out at government over price rise July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday launched a scathing attack on the NDA government over price rise and ridiculed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan for attributing food inflation to hoarding and other reasons. "When did they make those earthshaking discoveries? When did they come across this enlightenment?...
  • Government plans to crackdown on hoarders, make Essential Commodities Act more effective to control prices July 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling hoarding an antinational activity, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday asked state governments to rise above politics to control prices by effectively enforcing the Essential Commodities Act. The current price rise is a temporary phenomenon created by hoarders, he said. "Controlling inflation...
  • Government to act against hoarders to bring down food prices: Paswan June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Blaming the rise in food prices on hoarding and blackmarketing, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said the government will come down heavily on hoarders and bring down prices at the earliest. Paswan, who is also Minister of Consumer Affairs, said the government's top priority is to control...
  • PM meets heads of various ministries discuss monsoon deficit, inflation June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting with the heads of various ministries on Thursday and discussed the preparations to manage a delayed monsoon or below average rainfall situation in the country. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan met the...
  • Implementation of Food Security Act extended by 3 months June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Food and Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday announced that the states and union territories have been given three months to implement the National Food Security Act. "The food security law came into force on July 5, 2013. As...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan defends rail fare hike, terms it as 'compulsion' June 23, 2014

    Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday defended the steep rail fare hike effected by the Centre last week, saying it was a "compulsion" as no government wants to increase fares. Justifying the hike, the Consumer Affairs Minister recalled the rationale offered by former prime minister V P Singh for petrol...
  • Sugar prices to shoot up as government hikes import duty to 40 per cent June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sugar prices are likely yo shoot up as the Union government has increase the import duty on the product to 40 per cent. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday that the import duty would be hiked by 25 per cent from the current 15...
  • Government working on national marketing policy: Ram Vilas Paswan June 21, 2014

    Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday hinted at introducing a national marketing policy to contain price rise. Talking to reporters in Jaipur during his twoday visit to the state, Paswan said, "To contain price rise there is need for a national marketing police...
  • Consumer Affairs Minister takes measure to control inflation June 18, 2014

    With the Narendra Modi government claiming to control inflation in the country, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said that 50 lakh tonnes of rice would be released at APL rates. ...
  • NDA will form next government in Bihar: Ram Vilas Paswan June 14, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Partyled National Democratic Alliance will form the government in Bihar after the next state assembly polls. "I am confident and sure that the NDA will form the next government if polls for state assembly...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan mocks at 'compulsive' coming together of Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar June 14, 2014

    Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday mocked at the "compulsive" coming together of rivals JD(U)'s Nitish Kumar and RJD's Lalu Prasad and said it would not help them as they have been rejected by people. "Those who missed no opportunity to abuse each other...
  • Ram Vilas Paswan to meet PM Modi on price rise issues today June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss about food prices and sugarcane arrears, among other issues. "The meeting is scheduled in the evening. The Food Minister will brief the Prime Minister about prevailing food price situation, concerns about sugarcane...
  • Paswan to meet Prime Minister on Friday on price rise issues June 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss about food prices and sugarcane arrears, among other issues. "The meeting is scheduled in the evening. The Food Minister will brief the Prime Minister about prevailing food price situation, concerns about sugarcane...
  • Badaun gangrape victims' family claims being threatened June 2, 2014

    The family of the Badaun rape victims on Monday alleged that they have received threats and demanded security from Central forces, saying they do not trust the state police. "We are receiving threats. We are being told that who will protect us once the media leaves the village and politicians...