Former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is leading a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss help for the beleaguered sugar industry in the state.
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In addition, Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, MP and president of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation will be meeting the state Cooperation Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday to seek clarity on the Rs 2,000 crore loan announced for the industry by Chief Minster Devendra Fadnavis during the budget session. Fadnavis, who was in Pune on Saturday, refused give a date but said that the loan would be released “soon”.
The Pawar-led delegation would be presenting a report on the manner in which the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) is calculated for the industry. Sugar manufacturers have criticised the methodology and want it linked to current market price.