Updated: August 4, 2021 2:14:57 am
NCP president Sharad Pawar met Union Home and Co-operation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday and discussed matters relating to the cooperative sector, sugar pricing and changes in NDRF norms to facilitate quick and better financial assistance from the Centre to flood-affected Konkan and Western Maharashtra regions.
In a series of tweets after the meeting, Pawar said, “Had a brief meeting with Union Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi today along with Shri Jaiprakash Dandegaonkar, President of NFCSF (National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd) & Prakash Naiknavre to discuss issues faced by the sugar co-operative sector.”
During the meeting, Pawar said, the leaders discussed the current sugar scenario of the country and problems faced due to excessive sugar production. “We brought to his notice the two most emergent & severe issues like MSP & permissions to set up ethanol-manufacturing units within the premises of sugar mills. We hope that these issues would be favourably considered & resolved at the earliest by Hon’ble Co-operation Minister,” Pawar tweeted.
Sources in the Maharashtra BJP, meanwhile, pointed to Pawar’s meeting with PM Narendra Modi two weeks back and said it was “apparent that NCP is mending fences with the BJP”.
NCP leaders have refused to comment. “There was nothing political about Shah and Pawar meeting,” one NCP leader said.
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