<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Friday, December 3, 1999/Agrahayana 12, 1921 (Saka )


Type of Debate: SPECIAL MENTION
Title: Regarding import of wheat between the month of May and September, 1999.

TEXT :
SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA (GUNA): I and my entire Party and all my colleagues also like to fully associate with the views of Shri S. Jaipal Reddy and fully endorse what Shri Basu Deb Acharia has also mentioned.

I would like to draw the attention of the House to the most scandalous and the reckless import of wheat into this country between the months of May and September, 1999 under the garb of price stability and that too at prices that were prevailing much higher than international price which is the standard of the highest proportion. This happened in spite of the alarming notes being submitted by the Agriculture Ministry and by the FCI and in spite of the fact that there were adequate buffer stocks available in the country, in spite of the fact that the FCI has said that there is no space in their godowns and in spite of the fact that the appraisal report of the Agriculture Ministry to the Cabinet was that there is going to be more than adequate procurement in the coming season. In spite of all this, the wheat imports went on for six months under pressure of lobbies. This is the suspicion that prevailed and the farmers were deprived of selling their produce at reasonable rates. Valuable foreign exchange in crores of rupees of this country was wasted and it points and indicates a collusion between Government and the middlemen. The whole file was delayed under pressure. We have a demand to make that we would like the names of all the parties who made the imports, who opened their LCs, to be laid on the Table of the House and we would like the House to go into this entire matter in all ramifications and in all aspects. A House Committee must be constituted. This is what we demand from Government and we would like the response from the Government on this. This is too serious a matter. (Interruptions) I want a response from the Government.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: How can I compel the Government during Zero Hour? If the Government wants to give their reaction, they can. I cannot compel them.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : We must have a response from the Government on this matter very soon. Government must take note of it. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Ministers are there and they are taking notes. Agriculture Minister is there. He has taken note of it.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Let the Government give an assurance that they will respond to this. We have demanded a House Committee. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I am on my legs.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER : This is `Zero Hour'. Order please.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Shri Madhavrao Scindia has raised a matter during `Zero Hour'. It is definitely an important matter. Ministers are here and they have taken note of it.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I cannot compel the Minister. If he wants to react, he can react.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Many hon. Members want to raise many other issues. They should also get a chance.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : We cannot sit down until the assurance comes. They have to react. ... (Interruptions) We must get a response from the Government on this. This is not fair. ... (Interruptions)

SHRI P.C. THOMAS : Sir, should we take the silence of the Government as an approval?

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Sir, we must have a response.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: The Chair cannot compel the Government to react. I have called Shri Mohan Delkar.

SHRI MOHAN S. DELKAR (DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI): Sir, I am unable to make my submission because of this disturbance. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Shri Joshi wants to react.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I will not allow you.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Do you not want him to react?

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: If you want him to react, you have to sit down. Please resume your seat.

THE MINISTER OF HEAVY INDUSTRIES AND PUBLIC ENTERPRISES (SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI): Mr. Deputy-Speaker, Sir, the matter before the House is no doubt of a great importance. ... (Interruptions)

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SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: Mr. Deputy-Speaker, Sir, no doubt, the matter which has been raised in the House is of a great importance. At the same time, you are aware that this cannot be raised during the `Zero Hour'. ... (Interruptions)

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Why can it not be raised?

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: The matter can be raised. Let me complete. ... (Interruptions)

SHRI PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL (CHANDIGARH): Are they going to limit our power to raise matters in the House?

SHRI MANOHAR JOSHI: Shri Scindia is a very senior Member of this House. He is very well aware that an instant reply to such matters cannot be expected in the House. ... (Interruptions) I would like to assure that this matter would be brought to the notice of the Minister concerned. In due course of time, if this issue is raised in the House in some other manner, the Minister concerned will respond to it. ... (Interruptions)

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Where is the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs? He has to respond. This should not be allowed. ... (Interruptions) We should have a response on this. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Shri Bansal, please take your seat.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Sir, we must have a reply.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I have called Shri Mohan Delkar. Let me hear him.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : They cannot get away like this. There will have to be some responsibility. ... (Interruptions)

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: This is `Zero Hour'. Shri Madhavrao Scindia raised an important matter. The Minister has already reacted saying that he would inform the Minister concerned. What else can I do? During `Zero Hour', you cannot expect a statement.

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SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : We demanded a House Committee and he has to respond to this. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: This is `Zero Hour'; I cannot compel the Government. I have called Shri Mohan Delkar.

... (Interruptions)

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : Sir, they have to respond. ... (Interruptions)

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: No. There are a number of hon. Members who have given notices for raising matters during `Zero Hour'. Please do not interrupt.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Please do not interrupt. I have called Shri Mohan Delkar.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: The Minister is going to respond. Please sit down.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: This is not fair. This is not fair. Let him complete, Shri Banatwalla. You have asked him to react. He is reacting. Now, you do not want him to react. Shri Buta Singh, please let him complete.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: What is this? You wanted him to react. He is reacting and you are interrupting him. If you do so, I will ask the Minister not to react.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Shri Ramdas, please resume your seat.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Let him complete please.

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