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India: Smuggling of apples, garlic from China figures in Lok Sabha

Reports of smuggling of apples and garlic from China into the markets of Uttar Pradesh was today raised in the Lok Sabha, with a Samajwadi Party member saying this was affecting the prices of local produce and sought steps to prevent it. Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Ramjilal Suman (SP) said the contraband was coming from China through Nepal and finding its way to several wholesale markets of Uttar Pradesh including in Gorakhpur.

Alleging that some officials of agencies tasked to prevent smuggling were also involved, he said the price of garlic, which was about Rs 5,000 per quintal, had now come down to Rs 850 to Rs 900, adversely affecting local farmers. Suman's party colleague Shailendra Kumar wanted increasing the numbers of rural doctors and implementation of recommendations of the Javed Choudhary Committee on the issue, while Karan Singh Yadav (Cong) wanted a hike for medical officers working in National Grameen Mission to check their exodus to the private sector.

Alok Mehta (RJD) wanted government to take urgent measures to repair and reconstruct dams, bunds, bridges, roads and other infrastructure in the flood-prone districts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh before the monsoons, while his party leader Ramkripal Yadav wanted steps to check the fall in water levels in different states including Bihar. Avinash Khanna (BJP) wanted steps prevent the youth from falling prey to drug addiction and Rajnarayan Budholia (BSP) sought a special package for Bundelkhand, especially to resolve the drinking water problem in the region.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Publication date: 5/5/2008


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