Farmers congregate in Delhi to stall winter session of Parliament

November 19th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): Farmers from all parts of the country have begun congregating in the national capital in an attempt to stall proceedings in the winter session of parliament in protest against high sugarcane prices.

The opposition BJP moved an adjournment motion in both houses on Thursday to highlight the incorrect policies of the UPA government on sugarcane price.

The noise inside the parliament corresponded with the action outside, as thousands of farmers began a march from the Ramlila ground to Parliament House.

The farmers are protesting against the Center’s Fair and Remunerative Pricing system for sugarcane that is much lesser to what they received last year.

Around 100,000 farmers are expected to gather at the Jantar Mantar today for the protest.

The central government has announced a price of Rs.129.85 per quintal for sugarcane during the 2009-10 under the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) system, while the Uttar Pradesh State Advisory Price (SAP) has been set between Rs 165 and Rs 170 per quintal.

In case a state government fixes the SAP higher than the FRP, it will have to pay the difference.

Farmers are demanding Rs 280 per quintal for their sugarcane produce. (ANI)

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