Khattar govt failed to tackle urea crisis: Choudhry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 21:12 IST

Leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Kiran Choudhry on Thursday flayed the ML Khattar government for what she said its failure in tackling the issue of shortage of urea in the state and its 'rampant smuggling' to Delhi from Haryana.

"In fact, it is the smuggling which has made the short-of-demand supplies scarce still, and forced the angered farmers to come out on the roads in various parts of the state, block traffic and disrupt life,'' she said.

"Good that agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar has finally woken up from his slumber and contacted the Central government to rush in additional supplies. But all through he has been telling the media that there is no shortage of urea at all. It is only after farmers resorted to 'rail roko' agitation that the government has got into action,'' she said.

The former minister said that though she had pointed it in her letter to the chief minister in the first week of this month, scant attention was paid by the state government to check rampant smuggling and meet the shortage," she added.

For want of non-provisioning of this essential commodity, the rabi crops had been hampered badly leading to the worst situation for farmers and a great loss of revenue to the state exchequer, she said and urged upon Khattar to look into the matter personally and instruct the authorities concerned to take necessary action for providing sufficient urea to the farmers without any delay.

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