Demand for discussion on power situation in the State

‘Businessmen, farmers and students in the State are facing a tough time’

Protest against the government’s decision not to pay bonus to farmers

Bhopal: The Opposition Congress in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday staged a walkout demanding a discussion over the power situation in the state.

Congress members got angry when the Speaker, Ishwar Das Rohani, refused to allow a discussion on the issue. They rushed to the well of the House where they shouted slogans.

Later, the leaders walked out of the House while shouting slogans against the government. Raising the matter soon after the question hour ended, Choudhary Rakesh Singh of the Congress said that because of the poor power situation, businessmen, farmers and students in the State were facing a tough time.

Mr. Singh said he had given notices for calling attention and adjournment motions on the issue which should be discussed immediately in the House.

Arif Aqueel and Kalpana Parulekar of the party said that not only members of the Opposition party, but those from the ruling BJP were also concerned about the power situation and wanted a discussion on it.

Sajjan Singh Verma of the Congress said that he had met the State Parliamentary Affairs Minister who had agreed with their demand and he thought that the matter would be discussed on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the Congress members also protested against the government’s decision not to pay bonus to farmers this year. Raising the issue through a calling attention motion, Dr Govind Singh and Chaudhary Rakesh Singh of the Congress said that keeping in view of the Assembly elections last year, the State government had given a bonus of Rs.100 per quintal to farmers. They said that this amount had been reduced to Rs.50 per quintal now and added that last year the State government had spent Rs.247 crore for the purpose, but, now the amount had come down to Rs.124 crore.

Support price

The Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Paras Jain, said that last year the Centre had announced a support price of Rs.1,000 per quintal and along with the bonus, farmers had got Rs.1,100 per quintal. Mr. Jain said that this year the Centre had increased the support price to Rs.1,080 and even with a bonus of Rs.50, farmers were getting Rs.1,130 per quintal only. - PTI