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Price hike issue rock Manipur assembly
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 28:
Published on 29 Jul. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Cutting across ruling-opposition line, Manipur consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister was attacked verbally in the assembly Wednesday on the issue of price hike. The Oppositions brought the issue of artificial scarcity of essential commodities and bad power supply position in the house of the Assembly as policy cut motion during the general discussion for passing the budget estimates of the consumer affairs, food and public distribution and Power department among others.
Highlighting plight of the people due to the hiking up of prices of the essential commodities and non-availability of goods in the open market, Opposition member O Joy blamed the government for not taking up effective steps to deal with the rising prices of the essential commodities. He said despite the end of the economic blockade and refusal by the transporters and truckers to ply on NH-39, regular flow of essential commodities in the state was distressing.
O Joy also observed the government was giving permission to grey marketers to procure the goods from outside the state and sell at higher rate. Taking part in the discussion, K Meghachandra of ruling Congress charged the food minister of failing to distribute PDS items.
With regard to short power supply in the state, the Opposition expressed surprise when the power minister said heavy fuel power project at Leimakhong in Imphal was intended for standby purpose and also asked what it meant by standby when the people were hardly receiving regular electricity for three hours in a day.
It may be state the power supply in the state sadly terrible with only 80 Mega Watt of power supplied against the actual requirement of 170 MW during the peak hours.
The Opposition also charged stating short supply was not due to fund constraints but failure of power supply policy in the state.

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