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Govt agrees to have structured debate on price rise issue

india Updated: Jul 28, 2009 15:16 IST

Government on Tuesday agreed to have a structured debate on increase in prices of essential commodities in Rajya Sabha after opposition Left and the BJP raised the issue.

Soon after the House met for the day, Left parties were up on their feet demanding adjournment of the Question Hour to discuss issue of price rise.

Sitaram Yechuri (CPM) said that unless the government gives an assurance of action, "we insist on suspension of the Question Hour and discussion on the issue."

The demand was supported by BJP. "We are fully for a structured debate," said M Venkaiah Naidu.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan said the Government was prepared to have a structured debate on the issue if the Chairman allocates time for that.

Yechuri insisted that the debate should be followed by a commitment or assurance of action from the Goverment while Naidu said the discussion should not take place on the last date of the current Budget session of Parliament.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the Government's first priority was to get the Finance Bill passed. The Finance Bill was on Monday approved by the Lok Sabha and it can be discussed in the Upper House if it is received from the President after approval.