Opposition stages walk out from Bihar assembly

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 22:38

Patna: Opposition members on Wednesday staged
walk out from Bihar legislative assembly alleging that
there was black marketing of sugar in Bihar and middlemen were
ruling the roost in procurement of paddy.

Opposition MLAs led by Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari
Siddique trooped out of the house alleging that the middlemen
denying due prices to the paddy farmers.

The opposition members also disrupted the Food and
Consumer Protection Minister Shayam Rajak who was making a
speech in reply to the debate on the budget of his department.

Siddique alleged that the Food and Consumer Protection
department was not lifting the sugar quota from the mills to
allow the owners to sell the commodity in the market even as
there was demand of sugar among the people, particularly the
BPL families who are entitled to sugar at the rate of Rs 13.50
per kg.

Rajak rejected the opposition charges and said the
lifting of sugar from mills and procurement of paddy was
going on as per the target.

So far the central and state agencies have procured
16 lakh metric tonnes paddy from the farmers, he said adding
the target of 30 lakh metric tonnes will be accomplished in
due course.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 22:38
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