Opposition walkout over price rise of food items
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 16:49
Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI(M) led LDF opposition in Kerala on Thursday trooped out of the House to protest against alleged failure of the government to check price rise of essential commodities, life saving drugs and fertilizers in the state.

Opposition alleged that UPA government's wrong economic policy was responsible for price rise of food items in the country and Kerala government's ineptitude handling of the situation had worsened the probem in the state.

Rejecting opposition allegation while replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said price rise of essential commodities was very nominal when compared to prices last year this time. However, Chandy admitted that price of some of the live saving drugs was exhorbitant in open market and "government is determined to stop this explotiation by drug manufactures".

Citing an example, he said a medicine for cancer patient being supplied through Regional Cancer Centre for Rs 700 was sold in open market for more than Rs 10,500.

Government has convened a meeting of drug manufactures and other concerned people to discuss the issue here on October 20, he said.

Functioning of Medical Service Corporation would be strengthened, he added.

With regard to fertilizers, Chandy admitted that prices had gone up recently. However, he said state government had taken steps to provide subsidy to farmers for fertilizers.

Seeking leave for the motion, V S Sunil Kumar (CPI), said government failed to control drug markets.

There was an increase of Rs.600 in the family budget due to food inflation and hike in tarrif of water and power in the past three months, he added.

Before walkout, CPI-M deputy leader in the House Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said frequent hike in the price of petroleum products was reason for the inflation and wanted the state to ask Centre to take steps to regulate the prices of petroleum products.


First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 16:49

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