Price rise rocks Orissa Assembly: UPA blamed

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Bhubaneswar, Feb 23 (UNI) Rise in the prices of essential commodities today rocked the Orissa assembly with a number of members attributing the reason to the wrong economic policy of the UPA-led government at the centre.

Raising the issue during the zero hour through special mention Mr Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak of BJD said the prices of essential commodities had gone up due to wrong economic policy of the union government.

The government, he said, instead of controlling the situation was else aggravating it. The union government recently raised the prices of petrol and diesel, which had a cascading effect on the prices of essential commodities.

The policy to appease the business communities was hitting the poor hard, he said.

His party colleague, Niranjan Pujari, said the prices of essential commodities went up by 20 per cent during the rule of the UPA-led government and urged the state government to take necessary steps to regulate it.

Mr Pravat Ranjan Biswal (Ind), Mr Arun Sahu, Mr Pratap Jena (BJD)and Mr Mohan Majhi (BJP) exprssed their concern over the rise in prices.

Mr Sahu and Mr Jena urged the government to take up the matter with the union government and initiate measures to regulate the prices for the benefit of the poor.

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