Sugarcane price row haunts govt in assemblyJanuary 26, 2015
Karachi: The sensitive issue of sugarcane price echoed in Sindh Assembly also on Tuesday as many opposition members wanted to speak on the matter, demanding giving the growers of Sindh due price for their sugarcane produce. Sindh agriculture minister also gave a statement on this issue.
Sorath Thebo of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and other opposition members stood many times to speak on the issue of atrocities being meted out to Sindh growers. They said they want to express their concern on the issue that sugar millers are busy in exploitation of Sindh sugarcane growers, who should be given the announced sugarcane purchasing rate of the government. However, the speaker did not allow the opposition members to raise this issue on points of order.
However, the agriculture minister Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar giving a statement under Rule 261 said the government is taking steps to facilitate the growers. He said presently the matter is in Supreme Court of Pakistan and the provincial government would fully implement the verdict of the apex court when it came. He said peaceful protest is the right of growers but some politicians are misleading them.
However, Sardar Ahmed of MQM said there should be a formula for linking the price of sugar with the price of sugarcane so that the sugar millers cannot exploit consumers by selling sugar at higher price.
Sorath Thebo at the start of the session requested for the prayer for the success of a dharna of sugarcane growers of Sindh. The speaker said requests for such prayers should not be made in the House.
However, Mahatab Akbar Rashidi of PML-F said the people of Sindh have been braving economic genocide. She said the sugarcane growers of Sindh are the worst affected of this economic genocide and the government should support them and help them getting due price of sugarcane which is their right.