Both Houses of Parliament Adjourned on Sugarcane Prices Again

With MPs stirring up a massive row over sugarcane prices and demanding a better deal for farmers, both houses of parliament was adjourned for second consecutive day on Friday.

Soon after commencement of Lok Sabha, MPs of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), SP, JD-B and BJP assembled near Speaker Meira Kumar’s podium shouting anti-government slogans. She deferred the house till 12 at noon.

But when similar scenes were repeated after the house met again, she adjourned the house till Monday.

Situation was identical in Raj Sabha, with trouble beginning after the house assembled and SP MPs started raising slogans against the government.

The house was resultantly deferred till 12 at noon. But the situation was no better when the house reassembled and chairman Hamid Ansari adjourning the session for the day to meet at 11 a.m. on Monday.

It should be noted that thousands of sugarcane farmers had gathered in the Indian capital Thursday to protest a Rs.35 per quintal drop in price they get for their crop after an Oct 21 government ordinance.

Private member bills that were scheduled to move in Lok Sabha Friday will not take place.

The central government has announced Rs.129.85 per quintal for sugarcane during the 2009-10 crushing season under the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) system, while the Uttar Pradesh State Advisory Price (SAP) has been set between Rs.165 and Rs.170 per quintal.

In case a state government fixes SAP higher than the FRP, it will have to pay the difference.

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