Chief Minister Mayawati today criticised the Congress-led UPA government for massive price rise of essential commodities in the country.
Addressing journalists in Lucknow on Thursday Mayawati said UPA government’s wrong economic and import policies, aimed at helping the capitalists, had caused hike in prices. She said after the situation had gone out of control, the union ministers had been issuing irresponsible statements.
“The centre could not blame the state governments for prevailing situation,” Mayawati said, adding no efforts had been made to control the prices.
The chief minister said before the 2009 Lok Sabha election the UPA government reduced the prices of diesel and petrol and after winning the poll, there was massive hike in the prices, which had badly affected the people.
Similarly the Centre without realising the poor paddy crop allowed export of rice, which had now led to shortage of the commodity in the Indian market. Mayawati said despite good sugar production during the last two years the centre did not take any measure to make buffer stock to keep the prices under control.
The chief minister said the UP government would not allow processing of raw sugar, imported from Brazil, in sugar mills in the state until the completion of ongoing crushing season. In view the UP’s decision the central government had on Wednesday allowed the UP sugar millers to go for processing of raw sugar outside the state.
Mayawati directly blamed the Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for sugar crisis in the country. Pointing out that that the state government was ready to “cooperative and coordinate” with the centre to control the prices, Mayawati said.
“UPA government cannot hold the states responsible for crisis”. She, however, said that any move to increase prices of diesel and petrol would again worsen the market condition. The chief minister accused the UPA government of protecting the interest of black-marketers and hoarders in the country. Mayawati said UP government had taken adequate measures to stop hoarding of essential commodities.
The Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said that action against traders had been taken in seven districts. The chief secretary AK Gupta however clarified that prior permission of the state government was needed before taking action against traders under section 3/7 essential commodities act.