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01/12/10
C.M. severely criticises Union Agriculture Minister for his irresponsible and insensitive statement People facing problem of inflation owing to wrong economic, export and import policies of Centre Without assessing demand, Centre exported sugar on lower prices to benefit sugar mills — Mayawati
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Press Information Bureau
(C.M. Information Campus)
Information & Public Relations Department, U.P.

C.M. severely criticises Union Agriculture Minister

for his irresponsible and insensitive statement

People facing problem of inflation owing to

wrong economic, export and import policies of Centre

Without assessing demand, Centre exported

sugar on lower prices to benefit sugar mills
— Mayawati

Lucknow: January 11, 2010


The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms. Mayawati, while reacting sharply

over the statement of Mr. Sharad Pawar, Union Agriculture Minister of the
Congress led UPA Government, in which he said that ‘he did not know
when the prices would come down – he is no astrologer’– said that it was
a highly irresponsible and insensitive statement by a person, who happens
to be a Minister of the Government of India. She said that the Union
Agriculture Minister, in his statement, was holding UP Government
responsible for the rising prices of sugar, which showed that he was
shirking away from his responsibilities.

The Chief Minister said that owing to wrong economic, export and
import policies of the Centre and its mentality to benefit capitalists, the
prices of food grains, pulses and edible oils had been rising day after day
and it was affecting the life of people adversely. She said that the Central
Government should have timely assessed the situation and taken steps,
but the Government of India neither made any effort to control prices of
the edible articles nor it fulfilled its responsibilities. Instead it remained
fully insensitive towards its duties, she pointed out.

Expressing her surprise, Ms. Mayawati said that on one hand the
Government of India did not pay any attention towards the rising prices of
food grains and sugar, while on the other its ministers were issuing
irresponsible statements that encouraged forces which were responsible for
rising prices. Owing to these statements, these forces were now indulging
in increasing the prices of essential commodities without any fear.

The Chief Minister regretted that the ministers of the UPA
Government, instead of checking the rising inflation, were issuing
irresponsible statements that encouraged hoarders and black marketeers.

She said that the hoarders and black marketeers took advantage of the
statements of the Union Ministers which said that the rise in the prices
would continue for two years. Owing to these statements, such forces
stored edible articles including sugar and created artificial demand. She
demanded from the Central Government that such mentality should be
checked immediately.

Ms. Mayawati said that the crushing season 2006-07 was best for the
sugar production, during which 283 lakh MT of sugar was produced, while
during 2007-08 season 264.16 lakh MT sugar was produced. She alleged
that the Central Government did not keep the sugar requirements of the
country in mind and it did not create adequate buffer stock in the years
2006-07 and 2007-08. She said that the Central Government, without
assessing the future sugar demands of the country, allowed export of
sugar on minimum prices for two years continuously to benefit the sugar
mills. She said that owing to this wrong decision of the Centre, the sugar
was imported from the international market at higher rates during the year
2009-10, which caused huge financial losses to the Government of India
and the people were forced to face rising prices.

Rubbishing Mr. Pawar’s statement that the state government had
banned import of raw sugar, the Chief Minister said that the state
government had advised the Railway Board to postpone transportation of
raw sugar through railway racks for a limited period only. The state
government had taken this step to save the railway property from the
resentment of the cane growers. She said that her government had taken
this action with an objective to protect the interests of the farmers during
the current crushing season.

Ms. Mayawati said that her government had taken several steps to
check the prices of foodgrains and sugar. She said that the officers had
been ordered to take stringent action against hoarders and black
marketeers, so that the people got relief from inflation. She said that on 25
November 2009 her government had set the stock limit for sugar and
khandsari at 2000 quintals and the stock turnover limit had been fixed at
30 days. Besides, the DMs had been ordered to ensure its compliance
strictly.

The C.M. said that the officers had been directed to monitor the
prices of sugar and other essential commodities on daily basis. Besides, the
difference between the wholesale and retail prices of edible articles should
be studied on monthly basis and if price rise was detected in comparison to
last month, then the issue should be discussed with the Vyapar Mandal and
other business organisations and distribution of articles should be ensured
at adequate prices. She said that the DMs had been directed to submit a
detailed fact report with clear recommendations to the government through
divisional Commissioners to take action against hoarders/artificial demand
creators under Essential Commodities Act 1955. She said that around 1200
quintals of sugar was being sold through all the 140 outlets of the UP Rajya
Karmchari Nigam all over the state. She said that it was cheaper by Rs. 10
than the market price of the sugar.
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