New Delhi: A BSP member in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday alleged that fertiliser companies have made rich profits through a Rs 20,000 crore "scam" which followed de-control of prices.
   
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Naresh Chandra Agrawal said the Fertiliser Ministry has allowed firms like IFFCO and Zuari Agro to "pocket" Rs 15,000 crore in the name of "Nutrient-based Policy".
   
He said the companies were not only paid the subsidy but also allowed to fix maximum retail price, which was earlier determined by the ministry.
   
These companies were also permitted to open outlets overseas for buying fertiliser and selling it at higher prices in the country, Agrawal said alleging that farmers were made to pay Rs 400 to Rs 500 more per bag of DAP.
   
He said that while state-run STC and MMTC had exclusive rights to import urea, South-based Coromandel fertilizers was also allowed to go in for imports. Agrawal claimed that this company belongs to a "Friend of the minister" and the firm has made a profit of Rs 5,000 crore through this facility.
   
"There should be reply in the House by the Fertiliser Minister after a debate on the important issue especially in the wake of farmers' suicides," he demanded.
   
Narendra Kumar Kashyap (BSP) drawing attention of the House towards volatility in price of potato, demanded some scheme for building cold storages besides giving a minimum support price.
   
"Farmers in Punjab have thrown their produce on roads due to low prices while in UP they have dumped it in garbage ... these incidents recur every year...Government should take it seriously," Kashyap said. M S Gill (Cong) also associated.

(Agencies)