Maharashtra Chief Minster Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that his government would take action against the sugar factories that failed to pay farmers the fair and remunerative price (FRP) fixed by the Union government.
“We won’t tolerate or protect sugar factories that are defaulting on the payment. Even if factories indulge in Re 1 default, we will take action against them. We will seek information in this regard from the Sugar Commissioner’s office,” said Fadnavis.
He criticised former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for his remark that the previous government had introduced the concept of ‘Jalyukta Shivar’ and the Fadnavis government just copied it. “If they had introduced the scheme, why is it that the state suffered from such a bad drought? This is for the first time that an allocation of Rs 1,000 crore has been made for such a scheme,” said Fadnavis.
Raju Shetti, farmers’ leader and president of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, has taken an aggressive stance on the long-standing issue of the FRP. On January 12, Shetti was arrested along with 142 party workers for allegedly vandalising Sakhar Sankul Complex in Shivaji Nagar.
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