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16.39 hrs. (

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<E ʱB E< +M Zɴ n Ei , Eʶɶ E Ei , =x {ɮ ʴSɮ Ex +ɴɶE * ɽ ɨɱ Vxi Ƥvi * +{x Pɮ Vi i Pɮ ɱ E Vɴɤ nx {ci , ɨ x<E V E +{x Pɮ Vx {ɮ Vɴɤ nx {cM* Sɽ nx E n +ɨ +n , Pɮ V ɨɺ , V nn = E SS + ɽ < nx * +ɨ +n E VҴx + E`x< xɽ +BM + +ɨ +n V ɨx VҴx Vx Sɽi =E VҴx E J < {ɮ ɮEɮ ʴSɮ EM, B ʴɶɺ Ei *

* SHRI RANEN BARMAN (BALURGHAT): Hon. Speaker Sir, I would like to speak in Bengali. I thank you for giving me an opportunity to participate in the important discussion under 193 on hike in diesel price. Diesel is an essential commodity and the hike in its price has an over all impact on the prices of other essential commodities. There is a steep rise in prices of all other essential commodities because of the price hike of diesel. There is discontentment among the people because they have to face the burden in their day to day life. Ours is an agricultural land. As it is the subsidy on fertilizer has been done away with. So there is an enormous rise in the prices of the fertilizer. So the farmers are at the receiving end and they are not able to profit.The people have been facing hardship because of the hike in diesel price. People feel that the sudden rise of diesel price is totally unfair considering the hardship faced by the people, by each and every section of the society. I earnestly appeal to the Minister to roll back the price of diesel.

* Translation of the speech originally delivered in Bengali.


SHRI M.O.H. FAROOK (PONDICHERRY): Hon. Speaker, Sir, at the outset, I would like to say that I am pained to state that this Government has no moral or ethical right to govern having betrayed the aspirations of the poor people who voted them to power just now...(Interruptions) Even before they could constitute the Government and sit in the Chair, they raised the diesel price by nearly forty per cent which is unheard of in the annals of the history in our price range. The price hike has come like a bolt from the blue. This act of the Government could not be better described as betrayal of the confidence recently reposed by the people of India in the elections.

Sir, the Government could not even wait for a day after the election. Voting was completed with all promises of heaven to the people.

The Government returned the compliments of the people by stabbing at their back, on the very next day by hiking the price of diesel to dizzy heights. Just like a man who could not wait for a minute for bowel movement, this Government could not wait even for a day, after the election, the pressure to increase the price of diesel. The Government has given a wedding gift to the people, who voted them to power, with the increase of the price of diesel at one stroke. When the people kissed you at your bosom, you have given a stab at their back. How far is it correct? The day on which you have claimed to sit in the chair of power, you are witnessing the strike of the truck operators.

The Government's action of increasing the price of diesel has got an spiralling effect in the sphere of economic activities, affecting the poor man's stomach. The prices of vegetables and perishable commodities have skyrocketed to more than 30 per cent. If you go to the market, you can understand the situation. Now, potato is sold for Rs.12/- per kilogram, onion is sold at Rs.15/- per kilogram, tomato is sold at Rs.20/- per kilogram and so on and so forth. We heard escort being given to the VIPs. But in Tamil Nadu, eggs are being escorted to the market by the police. This is the present situation in our country. So, I pity the people who really relied on this Government which belied their hopes.

Sir, the farmers, as my other hon. friends have said, are the worst affected people with the steep increase of the price of diesel. The farmers are already driven out of their villages leaving their age-old profession seeking better pastures. I do not know how the so-called votaries for safeguarding the interests of farmers, are going to protect them from this increase of the price of diesel. I only look upon them for their benign reactions for this act of the Government of increasing the price of diesel which is affecting the farming community very much.

Sir, this Government was in power for 13 months and continued for six more months later, by grace. During the election process their hands were tied by the Code of Conduct of Election Commission. But now they plead innocence that they could not increase the price of diesel in spite of the international prices going up since February, 1999. I do not understand what is the rationale behind it. The hon. Minister, Shri Ram Naik will have to inform us as to what is the rationale behind for not increasing the price of diesel right from February, 1999 onwards and for increasing it now very steeply at one stroke after the election. This Government has not taken the House of the People into confidence and also the people outside about the increase of the price of diesel to such an extent. Is it not against all democratic principles and ethos of public life?

The Minister's argument is that the Government was bound by the Code of Conduct of the Election Commission and that they were not in a position to increase the price of diesel during the election process. I want to ask the Government and also the Minister as to whether they have increased or not the prices of other items and whether they have taken or not taken any other policy decision. Why do you try to take shelter with the argument that they were not able to increase it due to the Code of Conduct of the Election Commission?

17.00 hrs.

SHRI M.O.H. FAROOK : You have said it. I have read it in the newspapers.

I have to ask you only one question. You said that the deficit is about Rs. 5,000 crore. If it had not been hiked, it could go up to Rs. 10,000 crore. That is what you have said in the Press. Why did you not taper it right from the beginning and take the people into confidence and then say, "Here is a price hike which has come with the international price. So, I will be increasing the price right from the beginning." So, you could prepare the people mentally and physically. Is it not hypocrisy on the part of this Government? The Government was there and if they did the price increase then,I am sure that they would not have been setting in the same place as they are now because the people could have realised the whole thing. What I would like to tell you is that now you are putting people in a very unrealistic situation. This Government has earlier been known as `rollback Government'. Most of its decisions and policies, by nature of their association and coalition, in the past, were rolled back without whisper or murmur. I think, you will also roll back this idea and then try to reduce the diesal like.

MR. SPEAKER: Now, hon. Minister, Shri Ram Naik.

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+vI ɽn : ɨ + Iɨh*

Iɨh ʺƽ : +nhҪ +vI ɽn, +{E ɽi +ɦɮ |E] Ei E +{x Z x E ɨɪ n* bVɱ {ɮ < ڱ r E ʴɮv Ex E ʱB Jc + * 13 nx, 13 ɽx + x Vx Eix nx + Sɱx ɱ ɮEɮ x V ڱ r E , ɽ n E =x Ex + vɨ M E l Uɴ VxE ] +{ ɽ ` * ɮEɮ E Ex E bVɱ E +xiɮǹ]Ҫ nɨ g, <ʱB bVɱ E nɨ ڱ r E M<* `ʽxn' +Jɤɮ EU <x {g E xx Sɽi * ɽ +Jɤɮ Vɺ x <xE i Vn U{ + ɮ E U{, ɽ Ei :

"The Government's decision to hike the price of high speed diesel oil by as much as 40 per cent just on the eve of the outcome of the elections to the Lok Sabha is wholly indefensible."

It further said:

"The increase in the international prices of HSD does not justify the present hike even if the Government could plead that it has taken this decision after waiting for six months. It has chosen to wait so long obviously because it had known that it would have been politically disastrous to have raised the price earlier instead of at a time when all the ballot-boxes had been safely removed for the counting of the votes."

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