Fadnavis meets Shah and asks for the intervention of the Center in the restructuring of the loans of the sugar factories
Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, BJP MLA Rahul Kul and MLC Ranjit Mohite Patil met with Union Home Secretary Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday to discuss the challenges facing Maharashtra sugar mill owners ahead of the grinding season, which is due to start from October 15th.
In the span of four months, the BJP-led sugar barons have twice urged the Center to tackle the problems plaguing the state’s sugar industry. In July, Fadnavis led a larger delegation of party leaders, including Jaiprakash Gore, Harshvardhan Patil and Dhananjay Mahadik, to Delhi to discuss various issues in the state’s sugar sector, including a better, fair and remunerative price (FRP). for sugar cane producers and a package for the sugar industry.
According to party sources, last month, Kul’s Bhima Patas Sugar Cooperative Mill was not able to make the list of 32 sugar factories that received state government support for pre-season loans. During the meeting with Shah, the BJP delegation called for a restriction on government loans and guarantees for sweets that are “financially weaker” or “of negative value”, to allow them to start grinding from from mid-October. They also requested the intervention of the Center in the restructuring of sugar refineries loans.
“The Minister of the Interior Amit Shah gave hearing to the problems and reassured to help the sweets. Details will be worked out shortly, ”said Fadnavis.
BJP sources claimed the meeting was an attempt to put pressure on the state government to ensure it does not take a “selective approach” as a permanent guarantor of the factories.
In September, the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi had agreed to be the guarantor of 32 sugar factories, out of the 38 proposals received, so that factories in financial difficulty could access loans from the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank or district cooperative banks. Out of 32 mills, Congress and NCP own more than 20 sugar cooperatives and the BJP more than 12.
A NCP State Cabinet Minister, meanwhile, said: “The sweets were shortlisted based on the proposals received from the sweets. A decision to extend the loan guarantee of Rs 390 crore to 32 sugar factories has been taken by the Cabinet. Those who have not obtained government support may have to meet the required standards, or may not be eligible, therefore, be put on hold. “
Kul left the NCP to successfully contest the 2014 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the Rashtriya Samaj party from Daund constituency. In the 2019 Assembly polls, he challenged the BJP ticket and defeated NCP’s Ramesh Thorat from headquarters. Kul’s wife Kanchan lost to NCP’s Supriya Sule in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from the Baramati headquarters.