SC moved to rein in country`s rising food prices
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 20:20
New Delhi: Even as the Centre is struggling to tame spiralling food prices, a writ petition has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the government to rein in the prices as otherwise it would lead to "food riots."

The petition, filed by an NGO "Home Makers Front", has also charged the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar with deliberately stalling the import of raw sugar to promote the interests of the sugar barons.

It alleged the country was witnessing unprecedented rise in prices with sugar costing anything between Rs 50-70, wheat flour Rs 20-30 per kg and milk Rs 30-35 per kg and alleged the government remained a mute spectator to the plight of the common man.

"Shri Sharad Pawar, who is the Union Agriculture Minister, is having the large support of sugarcane growers and sugar kings/sugar barons who are not interested in any manner in controlling sugar prices to bring it within the reach of the Aam Aadmi.

"Sugar has become the rarest of rare commodities which can be afforded by the richest persons of the society. This is the only reason that import of raw sugar has been banned and whatever raw sugar, which is about nine lakh metric tonnes, has already been imported, has been made to rot at Kandla Port, Gujarat," the petition said.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 20:20

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