Lucknow: Non-payment of sugarcane dues to farmers on Wednesday rocked the Uttar Pradesh Assembly proceedings with Opposition members trying to corner the state government, which blamed the Centre for not issuing the required amount to the state.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav joined the debate when a BJP Legislative party leader Suresh Kumar Khanna said that the Centre has given Rs 6,000 crores to the state for payment of cane dues to farmers.
"I want to know from Khannaji, to whom the money has been given. We have not received it yet," Akhilesh said.
When Khanna said that announcement for the same has been made by the Centre, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohd Azam Khan said that BJP will soon be called "Bharatiya Ghoshna Party".
"Yesterday an announcement of providing Rs 1.25 lakh crore package to Bihar was made. It included the amount already released by the previous government. Ironically, it has no money for soldiers. BJP will soon be knows as Bharatiya Ghoshna party," he said.
He also sought to know from the BJP member about the amount released by the Centre for farmers affected by untimely rains and hailstorm.
Amidst disruptions, when Khanna stated that Centre has given Rs 477 crores, the CM countered him by saying that the state had already disbursed Rs 3,500 crores to the farmers. Earlier replying to the Opposition, state minister Ram Karan Arya said that government was serious in clearing cane dues of farmers.
"Presently, a total payment of 7529.35 crore of farmers was pending on cooperative and private sugar mills. It included 7096.18 on private mills. The government has lodged 71 FIRs on 38 sugar mills to ensure payment," Arya said.
Amidst debate between SP and BJP members, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya alleged that despite High Court orders, the dues could not be cleared yet.
"The government's reply in earlier budget session and the present session in the same. It shows the apathetic attitude of government towards cane farmers. No payments have been made to farmers in past six months," Maurya alleged and walked out of the House on the issue.
Congress member Pankaj Malik and RLD members led by Dalveer Singh also stormed the Well to ask their questions on the issue and sat there for a while.
They returned to their seats when they were assured by the Speaker that they would be given chance later.