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SC/6.00/3W

ָ ֤ (֟) : ֮ ו֋, ֕ ֵ ֌׸ , ָ߲ ߓ ? 13 ָ ֋ ִ ָ ߴ - ֮ ָָ, ֛ߋ ָָ , և ָָ 22 ָ ֋ ײ֛ ߅ ִ ָ ߴ ֋, ֮ ֋ ߮ ֋ ־ֻ ֮ ָ ? ߮ , ָ ? ֮ օ ֌׸ , ָ ֛ ֻײ ֻײ ָ ״ּ ״ֻ֋, ֻײ ָ ֲԤ ִ ӡֵֻ , ָ ָָ ׮־ ו ָ ֻ , ו ß ָ ֻ , ֯ ָ ֓օ ו פ ߆և ֕ ֋ ֱ ֣ , ֟ ָָ ֻ Ӭ ֲ ߆և Ӥ ß , ֮֓ օ ו ִֵ ֻ ֛, ָ ִ֮ , Ù, ֳ י , ֲ ִ օ ֲ և ֜ ߕ ֜߅ ֳ֬ , ֲ ֣ ֮ ֟ ִ֯ ָָ ֻ- ֙- , ֛ ֮ ß֮ ֣ ֻ և ־ֻ ֛ פ , ־ֻ ֮ ֲ , ׮־ ֣ ֯ ן ֳָ ֯ ֮־֤ ֮ ֟ ִ֯ ֮־֤

(ִ֯)

֮־ָ ֻ ֻ (ָ Ϥ) : ֤ߵ ֳ֬ , ֯ ֮־֤ ֮֯ ֮ ָ פօ ִ֕־֤ ֙ ָ և ׾ֵ ָ ֮ ׾ָ֓ ִ֕־֤ ֙ ֮ ֙ ֤֕, ָ֯, ֙ ָ֤֮, ׻֟ ׯ֔ ֙ ׯ֔ ָָ ֻײֵ և ָ , ָ ׌ֵ

ָ, 껛 ؛ ß ֵ,

ײֻ֕ ָ ֵ ָ

ָ ,

, , ָ

 

ָ ׾֮֫ ףֵ ֟ , ֟ ֱ ֮ ֻ ֪֮ ִ ֜ , , և ֜ ֮ ׬ և ֜ , ו֮֟ ׯ֔ ֜߅ ֻ, ֙ ִ ֜ ֋ ֻ ִ ӓ ֋ , ֋, ֋ ָ֕ ֙ ִ ӓ ֋ , ֕ ֚ ֋ ָ ֕ ִ : ֋ , ֚ ֋ ֋ ֋ ָ߲ ֤, ֮ ֕ ֣ , ִ ֣ ֮ ֻ , ֕ ִ ׮־ֻ ָָ ָ ߮ ִ ָ ןֲӬ ִ ָ֯ ֮ ™ߵ ׮ֵ ֣ ֮ ָ ֤ߵ ָ ֤ ׸ ֻ, ֻ, ִ ִ ֣ ֲ ָߤ ׻֋ , ֻ ָߤ ׻֋ , ָָ ׸ ֻ ֻ ִ ֮߮ ָ ֤ ֟ ? ֕ ִ ֤ ֺ ߕ ֻ , ֛ ֮ ָ ֮ ֟ ָ ףֵ ֟և ӲӬ ֮, ֤ ֮ ֤ ߟ , ִ ֓ ֋ ֚ ֋ , - ֋ ֋ ֕ ֤ ֮ , ֮ ׬ ִ ֜ ֋ ־ ֻ ִ, ִ, ִ, ֲִ ֳ 30 ָ 40 ָ ָ֜ ֵ (3 ָ ֿ:)

ASC-KLS/6.05/3X

֮־ָ ֻ ֻ (֟) : ִ ֤ ֛ ֮ ֛ ֮֮ ױ , ֛ ֮֮ ֻ ֱ ׻֋ ֮ ֛ ֮ , ֤֕ ֛ ֮ , ׸ ֻ ֛ ֮ ֙ ָ֤֮ , ֛ ֮ ֕ ֛ ֮ , ֤ ֛ ו ָ ֵ ֓ ֟ , ֋ ߙ ײ , ֛ ֕ ֤ ֮ ִ ֤ ֵ֤ ׻֋ ֛ ָ և , ָ և ֮ ֮֮ ָ և , ߕ̻ և ָ ׻֋ ֟ ָ™ߵ ִ ֜ ֋ ָ ָָ ֺ ߕ̻ ִ ֜ ֻ ֛ ֻ֮ ֻ ߱ , ֲ ߕ̻ ִ ֜ ָ ָָ֮ ߱ , ֤ 滵 ֜ ֟ ָ ß 滵 ֜ ֟ ׻֋ ֲ ߕ̻ ִ ָ ָָ ָ֮ ָָ ֮֮ ߕ̻ ִ ֲ ָ™ߵ ָ֕ ָ־֙ և ָ ָָ ִ ָ֮ ִ ָ™ߵ ָ֕ ָ־֙ և ָָ ִ ָ֋, ָ ֳ֬ , ֣ ֛ ָָ ִ ߅ ֯ ֮֟ և ֜ ߠ , ߮-ָ ָ ֜ ֮֟ ߟֻ ִ և, 2005 80 ֋ ֕ ֜ 235 ֋ ֵ ִ ִ 135 ֋ , ֜ 335 ֋ ֵ , 200 ָ ָ֜ ָָ ֻ ֵֻ ߴ֟ ָ ָ֜ ԅ , ֯ ׮־ ֕ ֜ ֲ֤֤ ָ ߟֻ ִ ֟Ԯ ׮ֵԟ , ׮ֵԟ ֮־ָ ו֮ ִ ָ ָ ׮ֵԟ ׾֤ ֛ ׻֋ , ֕ ֻ ֯և ãן ָ ׮ֵԟ ׾ ָ ִ ׻֋ ֜ ֋ ֠ ָָ ּ ֻ־֮ ִ , ֵ֤ ָ֯ ֛ ֕ ֻ Ӥ, ָ 7500 , ֻ ֛-֛ ™ߵ ׮ֵ ß֮ ֛ ׮ֵ ֛ ֵ֤ ָ֯ և ؛ , ֲ ֮ ֟ ٙױ׿ֵֻ ִ ָ֜ , ָ ֮ וÙ֮ ֛ , ӛ וÙ֮ ֛ , ֛ ֵ֤ ָ֯ և ؛ ָ, ֋ ָ֯ , ֛ ӛ ֛ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ָ ֕ ִ֮֮ ָ, , ™ߵ ׮ֵ ָ ß , ױ ױ ָ פֻ ׮ֻ߅ ֳ֬ , ֛ ֕ ָ ָ ָ ֵ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ֛ ׾֤ ָ ֻ ֻ ֕ ָ֯ և ֜ , ֕ ™ߵ ׮ֵ և ֮֜ ִ ֕ ֮ ֮֮ þ֯ ֵ ָ߲ ֤, ָ֯ ֮ ֮ օ ֮ 2004 400 ֋ ָ ױ ֮ ֵ , ֕ 600 ֋ ֮ ՙ ִ ֋ ֮։ 120 ֋ ן ߴ , ֕ 190 ֋ 200 ֋ ߴ և ָ֕ ִ ֜ ֋ , ֻ ִ ֜ ֋ , ִ ֜ ֋ , ױ ֮ ֮֮ ֮֯ օ ֕ ָ ӡ ו֮ և , ֵ , ֻ֟ և և , ו֮ ֛ , ֮ ֋ , ֮֟ ו֮ ֛ , ֮ ֋ , ָ Ӥ Ӥ , ו֮ ֮ , ֕ ֮ ֋

(ֿ: 3Y ָ)

NB/3Y/6.10

֮־ָ ֻ ֻ (֟) : ָ ӡ ָ ָָ, ֮ ִ ָ 10 ֮ ֋ , ֋ ֋ ?

ֳ֬ , VAT ָ, և ֜ , پ ָ, և ֜ ֻ ֻ ֋, ֵ֤ ָ֯ ׻֋ ֻ , ֻ ָ ֜ ָ ָ پ ״ֻ ָָ پ ״ֻ֮ , ֻ ֻ ֋ ָָ ֻ ؓ֟ ָ ֵ֤ ָ֯ ֵ, և ֕ ֮ ֮֮ ߕ ִ ֜ ָ ֣ ִ 6 ֋ ֜ 60 ֋ ֵ ִ ֵ֜ , ֵ֤ ָ֯ ּ ִ , ָ֯ ֵ֜

ֳ֬ , և ֮֙ ׻֋ ־ ָ և ֵ, ִ ֤ ֻ օ ֮ ֻ 滵 ״ֻ ָ 75 ןֿ֟ ֮ פ ָ ӡ ִ ׻֋ ֜ , ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ ֮ ֛ ָ ֳꌟ ? ָ 75 ָ ֮ ֳꌟ ֮ ֕ 6 ֋ , 8 ֋ ִ ָ ™ߵ ׮ֵ ָߤ ׻ֵ ֕ ֮ ֮ ֤ , ֮ ֤ 13 ֋ ־ ָ ָ֕ ָߤ ָָ ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ ָָ ֯ ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ ? ָ 75 ָ ֮ , ֤֕ , ׸ ֻ , ֻ , ָ֯ , ִ֬ ָ֯ , ֯ ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ ? ֯ ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ , ו֮ ׻֋ ֮֯ ָ ß ֯ ֳꌟֆ ؓ֟ , ו֮ ׻֋ ֮֯ 껛 ؛ ß ? ֳꌟֆ ܵ ֻ 4-5 ָ ָָ ָָ 95 ָ ؓ֟ , ܵ ָ ׾ ß ָ ֮ ִ

ֳ֬ , VAT پ , ߕ ָ, և ֜ ָָ ֋ پ ָ ֜ ֜ ָ ָ ֺ , ֲԤß ֜ פ ֵ ָָ և ֮֙ ׻֋ پ ֮ پ ֵָ ֮ ָָ ֮ ֮ ӓ ָָ ֋ ָָ , ָ ֮ ָָ ֮

ֳ֬ , ִ ֮֟ , ִ ֳꌟֆ ָ և , ׾֤ ָ֯ ֵ֤ ָ֯ , ָ ԟֵ ֮ ֛օ ָ ָ ָָ ָ ִ פ ֋, օ ִ margin money 10 ָ ֕ ָ ָߤ ײ , ֻ כ߾ָ פ ֻ כ߾ָ ׮־ֵ פ ֋, artificially ִ ֜ , ָ օ , ִ artificially ֜֋ - 6,000 ֋ ן 10 ִ , ֕ 10,000 ֋ ן 10 ִ ֵ , 10,000 ֋ Ӥ, ֕ 24,000 ֋ և 100 ֻ Ӥ ִ ֮ ֜ , ִ ֮ ֜ , ֻ ָ ֜ ֵ, ָָ ׾ֱ֟ , ֛ ׾ֱ֟ ֮ ָָ ׮־ ָ և , և ָ ֵ, ִָ֕־֤ ֙ , 90-95 ָ ֮֟ ׻֋ ӑ ֛, ָָ ֲ֕ և ֮ ֻ ד֟ 滵 Ϥ֮ ֮־֤(ִ֯)3Z/NBR ָ

-KLS/SSS-NBR/3z/6.15

SHRI P. G. NARAYANAN (TAMIL NADU): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, the common man has been put to untold sufferings because of rise in prices of essential commodities. Sir, diesel price has gone up, LPG price has already skyrocketed, prices of vegetables, oil and all other essential commodities have reached a new height and the common man is in a pathetic situation. Our hon. Prime Minister and the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission are economists. I am not one; but, I know the feelings of millions of common man, living, especially, in the countryside.

Sir, the prices of crude in the international market have been surging ever since the Manmohan Singh Government came to power, nearly two years ago. It has touched US $ 72 per barrel last week and the Iranian Oil Minister, who was here, has predicted that the oil price would touch US $ 100 per barrel in the coming months. So, the Government is faced with an uphill task to manage the oil economics of the country. Already, the Manmohan Singh Government has increased the prices of petrol and diesel five times. There is a threat that prices would go up further in another two or three days. Any rise in diesel prices would have a cascading effect and would increase the prices of all essential commodities. Due to defective policy of the Central Government, the prices of essential commodities are already skyrocketing. Sir, wheat and rice prices have gone up. Dal has become dearer. Edible oil prices are skyrocketing, but the Government's inflation figures have failed to reflect this increase. The hon. Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram, had announced, amidst thumping desks, during his Budget Speech, that he has reduced the duty on readymade idli mix. But, since then, idli has become beyond the reach of the common man. This is the position. Sir, Gingelly oil, edible oil, used by people in Southern India, is selling at Rs. 110 per kg. The hon. Minister might even suggest that you cut on the consumption of oil to reduce the belly. But, oil is taken by toiling workers who have no belly to boast about.

In effect, the Government has totally failed to bring down the prices of essential commodities. When wheat prices went up, panic buttons were pressed in Krishi Bhawan and the Government, immediately, ordered import of wheat. Wheat was imported from Australia. When the prices of Urad dal go up, the Government does not care. This, again, shows the discrimination that the Government is showing in dealing with the people from different regions of the country. I also charge this Government withdoctoring the inflation figures and I demand a House Committee be instituted for studying the mechanism by which inflation figures are computed. I suspect a deliberate ploy by the Government of the day to scale-down inflation artificially so that employees need not be paid the additional Dearness Allowance. This amounts to cheating of people. I also demand that the Centre should take immediate steps to bring down the prices of Urad dal and Gingelly oil widely used in the preparation of idli. I don't know whether the hon. Finance Minister eats idlis or not. But, it appears, that he has not felt the pinch so far.

Then, Sir, Indian labour is one of the low paid labours in the world. In fact, all the developing countries are queuing up to India to take advantage of the very cheap labour. Economists like the hon. Prime Minister should seriously ponder how the labourers, with low wages, can manage their household economy when prices are shooting up. (CONTD. BY VP "4A")

VP/6.20/4A

SHRI P.G. NARAYANAN (CONTD.): Our Finance Minister is keen on containing the fiscal deficit, but he is not concerned about the millions of our countrymen who are finding it very difficult to manage their lives. Sir, in our country, we are facing a paradoxical situation. Our labour is low paid. He has no social security or medical facility worth the name. But the Government says that we will impose international prices. Sir, if the common man puts money in the bank, he is given only three per cent interest at international standards. But the banks charge a higher rate even for educational loans.

Sir, the Government should pay, at least, 9.5 per cent interest rate to Employees Fund subscribers.

Low interest rates offered by banks for deposits cannot be sustained under the current rate of inflation. I appeal to the Finance Minister to raise the rate of bank deposit in tune with the inflation. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): Mr. Vice-Chairman, Sir, looking to the constraint of time, I would be very brief on an important issue like this. The increase in prices of essential commodities is a problem of the majority of people in our country. Sir, I understand that the foremost duty of any Government is to provide to the people, under their control, food, shelter, clothing, health and education. After looking at the two years' performance of the UPA Government, I have serious doubt whether the Government is serious in performing their duty in case of providing food, shelter, clothing, health and education. Sir, as rightly said by the earlier speakers, out of these necessities of the citizens of our country, the most important thing is to provide essential commodities. We all have to be very serious on this issue, and we expect that the present Government would also take this issue seriously and try to check the prices, to control the prices not of all the things, but, at least, of essential commodities. Therefore, I would like to speak only on three points; firstly, whether the Government accepts or does not accept, the fact is that the prices of essential commodities are increasing. If they accept that the prices have increased or are increasing, the second question would be: What are the reasons for increase in these prices? And the third and the important aspect is whether the Government has the remedies to stop the inflation? If the Government does not have remedies, then, it is for the entire House to suggest to the Government what remedies can be there for stopping this. On the first question, whether the prices are increasing or not, I need not speak more because many hon. Members have already given suggestions in their speeches. They have also given the rates of different commodities showing that the prices are increasing.

(Continued by PK/4b)

-VP-PK/4B/6.25

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI (CONTD.): Sir, I am not going to report about the prices of other articles and materials but only the prices of essential commodities. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that we must decide in the House what are those articles which can be called essential commodities. According to me, the only commodities which are under discussion, and which are necessary for the common man, are rice, wheat, sugar, edible oil and tuvar dal. Some more articles can be added to this. Therefore, when I speak on this issue I have only to say whether the prices of these things have increased or not. Therefore, I would like to say here that in the last two years the prices of all these articles have gone up, without exception. Sir, I have a remedy, and, I, therefore, come to it for controlling the price increase in essential commodities. But, I would say about it at the end of my speech. The sugar price has gone up from Rs. 20 to Rs. 22. Onion price, again, has gone up from Rs. 20 to Rs. 22. The coconut which is used for these essential commodities, its price now is from Rs. 10 to Rs. 15. The gas price has increased to -- Sir, I am telling you the highest price -- Rs. 350, in some cases. The pulses, which are also used several times, their prices are now Rs. 40 per kilo. And, the most ordinary thing which a small man eats, i.e. bread, it costs Re. 1. Is it not an increase in prices? Therefore, my first point is, Sir, that it is beyond doubt that in the last one or two years the prices have increased. What was the assurance given by the Congress Party to the people of our country? Sir, I positively remember that in a manifesto of the Congress Party --this is in Hindi Ghoshna Patra-- the Congress led Government and the Party had assured the people, not only once but from time to time, that "we will look to the people and control the prices and in all respects we will only work for the common man". Can the hon. Minister say in his speech, or, -- I know he does not belong to the Congress Party, still he is in the Government of a Congress Party --whether he can assure the House that this manifesto will be looked into and it will be fulfilled? Sir, according to me -- I am not an economist, but I have heard a number of times and seen in the newspapers -- the first and the foremost reason for increase in the prices is the inequality in the country. It is not that price controlling is impossible. A number of times the Economists have been saying that it is beyond the control of anybody to control the prices. Sir, it is not true. I am saying this with full responsibility that the prices of all these commodities can be controlled, provided the Government has a desire to do it. I remember, I did it in Maharashtra as a Chief Minister. For four years there was no price increase at all in the essential commodities. I put up a notice outside the Mantralaya and it was written quite clearly that prices of these five essential commodities will not increase. We assured the people about this. And in the next five years there was no increase even by one paisa. Though I am not an economist -- I would not like to go into the figures-- I did a very simple thing. I knew that 90 per cent of the people were going to be affected if the prices increased. What I did was, I said that whatever prices were there as on 1st June, 1995, the same prices would prevail in the year, 2000. (CONTD. BY HK/4C)

HK/4c/6.30

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI (CONTD.): That is what happened. I am not saying this from any book. But this could be done. It was done because whenever the price increased of any of these five articles, the entire amount was subsidised by the Government of Maharashtra. Is this Government ready to declare it today in the House that they will also subsidise in the interest of the poor man, in the interest of farmers, in the interest of workers and in the interest of common man? Is the Government ready to do this? Enough words have been spoken and enough information has been given. But if there is no decision, what is the use of all this? I am sure that the Minister may not be able to say this. But he can assure the House that, at least, in the case of increase in the prices of three essential commodities, that is, rice, wheat and oil, the Government will take the responsibility of subsidising them. I am sure the Government can do it. Therefore, I have got the figure as to what was the amount spent by one State. The Government of Maharashtra had to spent only Rs.85 crores at the end of the year. Only by spending Rs.85 crores for one State, the essential commodities ..(Interruptions)..

PROF. P.J. KURIAN: Is this figure for one year or four years?

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: This was for one year. It was the budget for every year in 1995. Is the Government prepared to do this experiment for one year in the interest of our country? What is happening today is very unfortunate. But I have to mention it that not only in the State of Maharashtra, but also in the State of Andhra Pradesh farmers are dying, leave aside getting essential commodities to eat. The farmers are committing suicides and this number has gone up to 2500 today. Have Government no pinch of it? Does it not pain the Government? Does the Government not feel guilty when the people die because they do not have anything to eat? Who is responsible for all this? Sir, sometimes I feel that we discuss a lot of things but nothing happens and this thinking is absolutely bad for a democracy because there is no desire. Sir, these things are really not impossible. We can do it provided the Government want that the rates of essential commodities are to be controlled. Shri Yashwant Sinhaji, the hon. Member, said that after the Session is over the Government is considering to increase the prices of petrol and diesel. This type of playing with the sentiments of people is still worse. Why does the Government not declare today? They know the result of increase in prices of petrol and diesel. Can the hon. Minister declare in this House today that under no circumstances, after the Session is over, there will not be any increase in the prices of diesel and petrol? If you are forced to do that because of the ups and downs in the world market, then, let him say that we will subsidise it for common men, or, at least, for people living below the poverty line. Is the Government ready to do that? If the discussion without any results takes place in the House, what is the use of debating it here? Sir, I specially waited because I know the plight of the people and I know how important these issues are. Another reason, that I tried to find out for this, is inequality. Do you know in the last Diwali what was the purchase of gold in Mumbai city? Two tonnes of gold was purchased by the people. Do you think it is all white money? It is all black money. The money goes there. The money for the poor people does not come, and is the Government not responsible to bring out this money?

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI KALRAJ MISHRA): Joshiji, please conclude.

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: I will take just two minutes, Sir, because I know that if I waste the time of the House, it is like wasting poor people's money and I would not like to do it. Sir, I am really so much concerned with this issue that I do not want a routine reply from the Government that nothing can be done, or, it depends on others and all those things because those things will not be of any use to us. Finally, according to me, it is also necessary that the consumers of our country must awake. It is not the duty of the representatives of people only. It appears that the consumer organisations have stopped working in this country. (Contd. by 4d/GSP)

GSP-SCH/6.35/4D

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI (CONTD.): They know that even working for these consumers is not enough. Finally, I would only warn the Government, don't think that you have appropriately satisfied the people. I am sure that apart from every issue, the issue of food, the issue of stomach is more important than any other issue, and, if the Government keeps silence on this issue, the people will awake and the things would become difficult. Sir, I am afraid, that a Party like Shiv Sena, sometimes, have to take law in their hands because they cannot see the people dying. Therefore, the last word to the hon. Minister and to the Government is, awake and look to the problems seriously, otherwise one day, people will take law in their hands and resolve the issue. Thank you very much, Sir. (Ends)

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sir, I thank you for giving me an opportunity to participate in the debate on steep rise in the prices of essential commodities in the country. Sir, a number of speakers have spoken on this subject and it has become a ritual also that almost every year, we discuss the subject of inflation in the country. As Manohar Joshiji has been commenting, no committed reply will be coming from the Government. Sir, Government is saying that inflation is under control. Sir, I heard the Finance Minister saying that if the inflation rate is somewhere around 5 per cent, it is tolerable. Whether it is 5 per cent or 6 per cent, I don't believe in these figures and also the way the inflation rate is being calculated in this country. The Wholesale Price Index nowhere reflects the real inflation in this country because it will never take into consideration the value of the services. So, I still feel that it is an illusion on the part of the Government to say that inflation is under control. I need not mention about the prices as most of the speakers have mentioned. Sir, a survey has been conducted, which Mr. Madhu has mentioned, by an important daily in Andhra Pradesh and they have quoted the prices.

Sir, within a span of two years, there has been sixty to two hundred per cent increase in the prices of the essential commodities including banana. And, if still the Government claims that the inflation is under control, we cannot help it. It is honestly because of the lopsided policies of the Government and their misplaced priorities. Sir, this has got a wider impact apart from the fact that a major percentage of people are being put to lot of difficulties and their backbones are being broken.

Sir, I heard the hon. Prime Minister saying that investment savings have to be increased and savings have to be invested so that we should achieve ten per cent growth rate. It is well and good. But when the meagre income of the common man is being taken away by this increase in prices, how do you expect the common man to save? When a common man cannot save, how do you expect the investments to come up in the economy?

Sir, I read a report of Mr. Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission wherein he said that there is a strong complementarity of the private and public investments. Unless people can save the money, there will not be any private investment. From this angle also, inflation has got a very, very damaging effect on the economy. It not only affects the common man but it damages the nation also.

And, unfortunately, the lopsided policies of the Government made the prices of luxury goods going down but made the prices of the essential commodities going up. So, what I am trying to say is that the concern of the Government towards the common man has been totally eroded. We are very jubilant that we have achieved eight per cent growth rate and, just one hour back, our Finance Minister said that strong fundamentals are there in the economy. Sir, eight per cent growth rate is there. But to what extent it has benefited the common man in this country who are contributing to this eight per cent growth rate, who are contributing to this overall GDP. (Contd. by SK/4e)

SK/6.40/4e

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH (CONTD.): Why have these benefits not percolated to the common man? The Government should have an introspection. We have been feeling very happy that we have got 160 billions foreign exchange reserves. But, how have we got these reserves? Is it because of surplus in the current account? Is it because of the surplus in our exports and imports? No. We are still in deficit there. It is because of remittances from FDIs, from FIIs, which has got an effect. Day before yesterday we have seen that, when they withdrew and the Sensex gone down by 800 points because it happens to be hot money. By taking this hot money into consideration, we cannot plan properly for our growth. So, these are all deficiencies. Still, we feel that (Time-bell)

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI KALRAJ MISHRA): Your allotted time is only three minutes. But, you have already spoken for five minutes.

SHRI YASHWANT SINHA: Sir, three minutes is too short a time.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN: He has already spoken for five minutes. Therefore, I rang the bell.

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH: Sir, I may be given some more time. There is a large-scale rural-urban divide. Economic inequalities are growing in spite of its being enshrined in the Directive Principles of the Constitution. We have taken an oath that we will erase the economic inequalities. Still we claim that economy has got strong fundamentals. So, achieving 8 per cent or 10 per cent growth rate alone is not sufficient. The dividend has to be percolated to the common man. It should reflect in their standard of living. That is not the case honestly. I feel whether inflation is there or not by assessing the living standards of the common man. That is my yardstick as a common man. Sir, for the first time, after a long time, there is a threat to our food security. We should feel ashamed that in spite of the Green Revolution, we are going in for import of wheat. Still we claim that our economy has got very strong fundamentals. Our policies are so lopsided. I don't attribute any motives; it is there for others to do it. You are unable to pay the price at which you are importing to our own farmers in the country. What type of policy is it? Farmers are growing wheat. You are unable to pay the same price which you are paying to the foreign sellers. What type of policy is it? What for? Who has to be benefited from it? Even a man with common prudence can question it. You need not be an economist or an expert, a man with common prudence can question why you are purchasing the commodity at a higher price when that is available at a lower price in our own country. Sir, these are all the questions which have to be replied. As on 1st April, we have got 20 lakh metric tons of wheat and the proposed procurement for this season is around 95 lakh tons. So, put together, it becomes 115 lakh tons. And, every month, our off take is 15 lakh tons. So, put together is 45 lakh tons. It will be 70 lakh tons after the 1st June. But, still there is a gap of 101 lakh tons of wheat. About 101 lakh tons of wheat is the gap if you want to have the buffer stock. Why was this happen? Why was this allowed to happen? Who is responsible for this? And still, we claim that our economy has got strong fundamentals. Sir, Joshiji has been demanding that let the Government make a commitment to the nation that after this Session is over, they will not increase the oil prices. We do admit that global fluctuation is there. It has gone beyond 70 dollars per barrel. But what happened to the money you have collected towards development in oil fields. I was told that it is more than Rs. 60,000 crores. Where is that money? Why don't you appropriate it towards the under-recovery of the oil companies? (Contd. by YSR-4f)

-SK/YSR/6.45/4F

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH (CONTD.): Why do you want to charge the common man, who is already burdened, with your overcharging of service tax, your high dose of taxation, and your high dose of inflation at this crucial juncture? Corruption and taxation are very detrimental to the economy of any country, whether it is a developing country or a developed country. These two things are there which are affecting our economy. Still we claim that our economy has got strong fundamentals. Sir, this inflation, I will tell you..

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN (SHRI KALRAJ MISHRA): Ramachandraiahji, please, conclude.

SHRI C. RAMACHANDRAIAH: Sir, I am concluding. Today, this Government has become so weak that it cannot control cement prices. Why is cement being sold at the rate of Rs.200? Sir, the increase in the input cost is very less as compared to the increase in the prices. What is the rationale behind this increase? How is the Minister convinced by the arguments extended by the cement manufacturers? Every State has got a programme for constructing lakhs of houses, and we are going for infrastructure development, and steel consumption also, on a large scale. After agriculture and textiles, construction activity is one of the highly potential areas where we can provide employment. That also gets affected by the price rise. Sir, this has a cascading effect. The Government has become so weak that it cannot demolish this cartelisation in cement field. Still we claim that we are very strong. This is totally fallacious. I do not know where is the strength of the Government. Sir, due to constraint of time, I am unable to express my views fully. But I warn the Government, I am not advising. Joshiji has well said, unless you control it, don't assume that with this 8 per cent growth rate everybody is happy. No. Not even one per cent is happy in the country. Economic inequality is growing. Farmers are committing suicide. Textile workers are committing suicide. It is not a fashion to commit suicide. It is out of compulsion, disparity, and distress that they are committing suicide. For that, you have to make a prudent policy, control the prices, make all the essential commodities at the disposal of the common man at affordable prices, and strengthen the Public Distribution System. Strengthen the Food Corporation of India and have a rational policy; otherwise this situation will go out of control. Thank you, Sir. (Ends)

0 ִ ӛָ (ײָ) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֬ , ֲ ׾֢ ӡ ֮֮ߵ ֿ־ӟ ֮ , օ Կá ֛ ׾֮֫ ֣ ֮ ֟ , և ߕ , ߕ ׻֋ ָ ֜ , , ߸ ֲ ֜ , ִ ׮ֵ֤ ־ֿ֋ , ָ ֛ ϳ־ ֻ֟ ־ֻ , ֛ ־ֻ , ֮, ׿, þã ֲ ׮ֵ֤ ִõ֋

, ִ և ֣ ֛ ֤֕ ׸ ֲ և ֜ , ִ ߱ ֜ ֲ ֙ , ߱ ֙ߠ և ֲ ֛ ָ ִ ָ ֛ , ֛ , ֤Կ ָ ִ , ٣ ӓֻ֮ ֮ ָ ִ ֟ , ָ ֤Կ ֟ (4 ָ ָ)

SC/6.50/4G

0 ִ ӛָ (֟) : ִ ߾֮ ָ ֟ ֲ ִ֤ ֓ ֤ ֛ ׿ ֮ ׸ָ ֻ ֟ ãן ָ և ָ ָ ֛ - ׌ ֕ - ֲ և ָ ָ , ֲ ֛ ָ ֲ ֤ ִ ֤ ֟ , ָ ֟ , ֙ ֜ - ֟ - ֚ ןֿ֟ ֤ , ִ ֤ ֲֻ֟ ָ ִ ֺ ֲֻ֟ , ֲ ߕ̻ ִ ֜ , ִ ֜ , ״ּ ִ ֜ - ִ ֲֻ֟ , ִ ָ ϳ־ ֛ , סִ ִ ֮֜ ֻ ָָ ֕ ӛָ ׻֋ ו֮֟ ֕ ָߤ , , ׮֕ ָ֯ - ָ ֻֻ֮߮ ָ ֓ ֕ ֱ ָߤ - ֕ ִ ִ ֤ ֲ ֕ ֟ ֱ ֟ ׻֋ ָָ ֱ ָ ׮ֵӡ ֮ ־ֿ ָָ , ָָ և ָ , և ֮֜ ִ֮ ִ ֜ , ָ ֛ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֮־֤ ֛ ֵ֜օ և ָ ָ ֛ ֵ֜, ֻ և ֵ֜օ ָ ָ ָ ִ ֜֋ ָ, ִ ß , ִ ϵ ß , ָ ֛օ ֱ ֻ֟ ֱ ֮ פ ֋ ֱ ֻ ן׸ ָָ 滵 ר ָ ׮ֵӡ , ֮֟ ָָ ֿ ָָ ׵֟ ֲ ֣ ֮ ֟ ִ֯ ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

ߴ֟ ֵ (֬ Ϥ) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֬ , ֕ ֤ ֜ և ָ ֓ , ִ ֤״ֵ , ִ ׸ ו ϳ׾֟ ִ֮ և ֲ ׬ ϳ־ ָ ָ ָ ִ֬ ָ߲ ߓ ߾֮ ײ֮֟ ֻ ָ ֛ , ױ ֳ֮ ԓָ ֮ ֯ , ָ - ױ ֮ ֤֕ , פ -֛ ֻ ßָ ָ ߾֮-֮֯ ֻ ו֮֟ , և ׿ָ ו ߬-߬ וִָ ֟Դ֮ ָָ ֮-׾ָ ןֵ ֻ ֳ֬ , և ִ ֮֟ ו ָ ָ ֮֕ן ֲ ֢ , և ֮ ִ֬ ֮ ϵ ֋-֋ ֮ , ֤ ֲ ֮ ֻ֟ ֻ , ןֵ ָ ֵ֕ ָ ָ ָ ֜ ִõ ִ ֮֟ ֮ ә ׿ֿ ֟ ִ֮ ֮ ֮ ӳ߸ ֛ ִõ ן ؓן֟

(4 ָ ֿ:)

ASC/RSS/4h/6.55

ߴ֟ ֵ (֟) : ֢ ֋, ִ ֤ ָ׮ֵ ָָ ֳ֬ , ֣, ִ ֤ ֣, ֳ ־ ָ օ ֕ ָָ ֻ ֻ ֤ ֻ ֵ ֌ ߲ ֮ և ָ ֜ , ־֟ և ִ ֤ ִָ ֺ , ߕ ו֮ ߴ֟ ֻ , և ֜ ִ֮ , ֻ ו և ֜ , ֟ ֤֕ ֤ ֕ ֮ և ֜߅ ָָ և ָ ׮ֵӡ ֮ ߴ֟ ֮ ׻֋ ָ ֱ ִ ֤ ו ֵ֤ ׮ֳ֮ ִ , ֮֯ ֣ , ֣ , ֲ ִ ֤ ֣ ׮ֳ֮ ִ ָ ־ԕ׮ ׾ָ֟ ֻ ӟԟ ָ߲ ״ֻ֮ ֻ ֿ֮ ߴ֟ ָ ָ߲ ֿ֮ ־ԕ׮ ׾ָ֟ ֻ ִ֬ ״ֻ֟ , ֡ ֛ߋ ָָ ִֵ ֋ ߮ ֋ ־ֻ ״ֻ֟ , ߴ֟ ָ֜ ֣ ֣ ߮, ִ ָ ß ߴ֟ ӳ־֟: ֤ ֤ ָ ִ֕ ָ ׌ ָ߲ ןָ߲ ׌ , ָ ָ֑֟ ָָ ߋ ָָ ֟ ִ ֤ ֣ ֵ֤ ֓ ֕ ߴ , ï֟ , ՙ ָ , ֳ ߕ ߴ֟ ִ֮ þֵ ֕ ӡ ֟ þָ ֲ ߕ ߴ֟ ֿ ֜ ָ֕ ָָ ñן ׮ֵס֟ ׻֋ ֟ , ֻ ִ ֤ ֿ, ֋, ֺ ߱ ָָ ֟, ׸ ָָ ֱ ؓ֟ ...(ִֵ ә).. ֵ-ֵָ , ִ ֤ ֮ ֻ ֮ ָ ֲ֕ , ָ߲ ֙֋ ֜ Ӆ ֲ ֟ ֮ ֹ ֮ ֮ , ִ֬ , ָ߲ ֲ ׿ָ ָָ ֮ ִ֤ ߋ ָָ ײ֕ ߓ , ָ ִ֮ ߋ ָָ ߓ ָ֕ ֮ ״ֻօ ָ߲ ִ ָ כֻ ֟ , ָ ֮ Ϭִ֮ӡ דֽ ׻ ...(־֮֬)..

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY: Sir, she referred to the Congress President...(Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ֵ : , օ ִ ׻ֵ ..(־֮֬)..

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY: It is not the question of not mentioning her name. She cannot be here... (Interruptions)...

ߴ֟ ֵ : ֳ֬ , ....(־֮֬)..

SHRI JANARDHANA POOJARY: She cannot come here to defend herself...(Interruptions)... It is not the question of not taking her name. She is referring to the Congress President whom everybody knows. She cannot come here to defend herself.

SHRIMATI SUSHMA SWARAJ: The word 'madam' is not unparliamentary. ...(־֮֬)

ֳ֬ ( ָ֕ ״) : ָ ֯ע ֮ ߕ ..(־֮֬).. ֯ ִ֯ ׸ ..(־֮֬). (4J ָ ָ)

 

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