Swabhimani Paksha MP Raju Shetti on Monday started his indefinite agitation in Pune against the state government over the non-payment of cane price to the Maharashtra sugarcane farmers.
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Shetti, whose party is a constituent of the ruling alliance, has been agitating against the Central and state government over the issue of cane arrears. Sugar mills in the state now owe farmers over Rs 3,800 crore. The global sugar glut and low price of sugar has been cited as the reason for the mills running up these arrears.
Farmers from Kolhapur, Solapur and other parts of the state are expected to join the agitation with the Shetti camp claiming the participation of thousands of people. This would be the second since BJP came to power in the state that Shetti is leading an agitation against the government.
Meanwhile, the state government has refused to release any aids to the mills. Earlier, the Centre has announced a package of Rs 6000 crore for the beleaguered sugar industry in the country.