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UPA II has faced first ever political crisis on sugarcane prices
bringing entire opposition on one side.
On Thursday the entire Government machinery came to crisis
mode. Five top Ministers Pranab, Moily, Chidambaram, Sharad Pawar
and AK Antony were summoned to 7 RCR.
Literarily the Ministers had swollen faces, reflecting their
Many options were worked out between 1100 hours and 1600 hours.
Just before Union Cabinet meet a decision was arrived
that was a political one to convene an all party meet
But PM would not be in India, leaving entirely to
Options were many, but it was zeroed down to three
basically to save the face of Sharad Pawar.
How to save the situation- Sharad Pawar should not get
into the crisis. If Opposition blames it on Pawar, Govt
should now save him is the view of two senior ministers
Not withdraw the Ordinance on Sugar
But withdraw the Order by Food Ministry
signed by Joint Secretary Sanyal.
Break the Opposition unity.
GOVT CONSIDERING TO WITHDRAW
DECISION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN
PARLIAMENT ON FRIDAY
UPA II is currently considering the withdrawal
of the sugarcane ordinance, if the speculation
in Krishi Bhavan is to be believed.
UPA II Ministers were seen in grim faces on the
opening day of Parliament, with the TV news channels
releasing the screaming stories on the Ajit Singh
sponsored "Parliament gherao by Kisans"
Sources in Krishi Bhavan confirmed that
Food Secretary and her entire team in Sugar directorate
are in jittery over flurry of meetings.
Since it is a political decision, we cannot speak
on the issue, especially when Parliament is in
session said a senior Secretary to Government of india.
How did the Committee of Secretaries
and Law officers approve the Sugar cane
Ordinance of October 22
Blame game has begun among the bureaucrats
Food Secretary Alka Sirohi has come under severe criticism
for having taken up the issue of Ordinance.
Why such agiatation was not held in UPA I,
senior officials speak on condition that the
crisis was handled by the then Food Secretary
T Nandkumar avoided the break down.
But Alka Sirohi mishandled the ordinance
say a senior official of the cabinet secretariat.
FOLLOWING IS THE CONTROVERSIAL
ORDER BY THE FOOD MINISTRY
WHICH LANDED UPA II GOVT IN A SOUP
The Essential Commodities(Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2009
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & PD
Department of Food & Public Distribution
Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated: 31st October, 2009
The Chief Secretary,
Sugar Producing States,
Subject: Fixation of ‘fair and remunerative price’ payable by Sugar Mills for 2009-10 sugar season regarding.
I am directed to inform that the Government of India has fixed the ‘fair and remunerative price’ (F&RP) of sugarcane payable by sugar mills for 2009-10 sugar season at Rs.129.84 per quintal linked to a basic recovery rate of 9.5% subject to a premium of Rs.1.37 per quintal for every 0.1 percentage point increase in recovery above that level.
It is requested that this decision may please be given wide publicity by your Department.