New Delhi: Government has decided to re-start all the eight sick public sector fertiliser units in a move to produce 80 lakh tonnes additional fertiliser to meet the growing demand, Lok Sabha was informed on 5 December.
“Government has decided to reopen the eight closed units including those of the Hindustan Fertiliser Corporation to produce 80 lakh tonnes of more fertilisers,” Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.
Noting that the decision to close down the units was taken by the erstwhile NDA Government, he said the units at Haldia, Durgapur, Barauni, Sindri, Ramagundem, Gorakhpur and Talcher would each be able to produce 10 lakh tonnes of fertilisers annually once they are reopened.
He was replying to a call attention motion moved by Congress MP Chinta Mohan and four others on the “shortage” of fertilisers in various parts of the country.
The discussion on the motion at one point led the minister to challenge Bihar government’s claim of fertiliser shortage, saying he was ready to quit if proved wrong on his submission that enough fertiliser had been made available to the state.
“Either I am lying or those who are making these allegations are . I am speaking on the basis of the receipts (of state governments on fertilisers supplied to them),” Paswan asserted and asked the opposition MPs to find out from the state governments whether distribution was being done properly.