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SC moved to rein in country`s rising food prices

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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