Karnataka's fertiliser issue rocks Parliament

The scheduled discussion on the General Budget was completely disrupted when BJP MP D V Sadananda Gowda charged the Centre with not making enough allotment of fertilisers to the State which “required 1,70,000 MT of urea at this juncture.”

Minister of State for Fertilisers Srikant Jena said Karnataka has been supplied with adequate fertilisers of all kinds. Later, BJP leader Dhananjaya Kumar said Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers M K Azhagiri told him outside the Parliament that orders have been issued to release 63,000 MT of urea]. Gowda said as against 1,70,000 MT, only  93,500 MT have been allotted, “and that too has not reached the State”.  Amidst interruptions from the treasury side, the Karnataka MPs continued their protests and insisted on a firm response from the government.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal said, he would convey the concerns of  the MPs to the Fertilisers minister. But MP Ananth Kumar sought  “specific response” on the issue. Jena said 51,470 MT has been despatched as on July 14, and of the available 75,000 MT, only 30,000 MT of fertilisers have been sold in the State. He maintained that there is a stock of 45,000 MT available in different districts. But Ananth Kumar charged that the minister was misleading the house.

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