Mumbai : NCP president Sharad Pawar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an increase in minimum support price (MSP) for sugar ranging from Rs 3,450 to Rs 3,750 with grade-wise increment and pitched for treating sugar mills’ distilleries as strategic business units (SBUs). In a tweet, he also criticised the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday. In his letter to Modi, sent on Thursday, Pawar sought the Centre’s “urgent intervention” to bail the industry out from the crisis now aggravated by the lockdown.
In April, Pawar has written thrice to the PM highlighting problems faced by the migrants and unorganised workers’ problems and agriculture sector, and seeking an economic package for them. The former Union agriculture minister, who earlier held a meeting the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation, also enclosed recommendations of the federation while raising the concerns related to the sector.
In the letter, Pawar called for making provision of funds for clearing export incentives and buffer stock expenses pending since 2018-19 and 2019-20. He also urged the Centre to increase the MSP of sugar ranging from Rs 3,450 to Rs 3,750 with grade-wise increment and consider provision of one-time grant of Rs 650 per tonne on average cane crushed during the last two years. (Source : Indian Express)