Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday, took up the issue of fertilizer shortage in the State and raised the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking downward revision of prices and adequate supply of fertiliser to the State on time.
Though the Ministry of Chemical and Fertiliser committed to supply 4.5 lakh MT Urea during April-September, 2012, actual supply till August 23, 2012 was only 1.99 lakh MT, which was less than half of what was promised to the State, Patnaik said.
Adding more Patnaik said that the State’s minimum expectation would be to receive the full quota of Urea as per the central allocation by the end of September, of which at least one lakh MT may be supplied within the next one week.
It is noteworthy to mention that, on August 13, Patnaik had written to the Union Chemical and fertilizers minister M K Alagiri criticizing the new fertilizer policy. Patnaik in his letter had asked the government to take steps to maintain a constant price of fertilisers for at least a particular cropping season instead of leaving it completely to the mercy of the market forces.
Replying to the Patnaik’s August 13 letter, Union minister of State for chemical and Fertilizers Srikant Jena on August 16 said the State Government should play a proactive role to check rising fertilizer prices by undertaking fertilizer stock verification with the dealers in the State.
Following this, the state police, vigilance department and district administrations had intensified raids on unscrupulous traders indulging in hoarding and black marketing of fertiliser and had arrested seven fertiliser agents so far.
Source: 360 NS