Mumbai: A BJP delegation, in a bid to checkmate the NCP-Congress dominance in the Maharashtra’s sugar sector, met Union minister of cooperation Amit Shah on Tuesday and brought to his notice the political discrimination by the MVA government in providing assistance to BJP-controlled mills in the state.
A delegation led by Union minister of state for railways Raosaheb Danve, who was accompanied by the leader of opposition Devendra Fadnavis, sought the Centre’s intervention to resolve a number of issues relating to the income tax, payment of fair and remunerative price (FRP), ethanol production and its sale.
After the meeting, Fadnavis said, “The decision for a one-time FRP was taken during the Congress-NCP rule in Maharashtra. Farmers should get a one-time FRP. This is the demand. Despite political discrimination in the state, our role is in the interest of farmers. We raised issues of farmers’ interest at the meeting.” He said the role of the Central government in resolving issues through tripartite agreements with oil companies regarding the ethanol project is also important. There are many economic problems due to drought, unseasonal rains and pandemic, he said.
The meeting came at a time when the sugarcane crushing season in Maharashtra has started (October 15). The third largest sugar producer in the country, Maharashtra crushed 101.2 million tonnes of sugarcane to produce 10.6 million tonnes of sugar during the 2020-21 crushing season. The government has estimated sugarcane crushing of 109.6 MT to produce 10.7 MT of sugar in the 2021-22 season.