Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has urged the Rangarajan Committee appointed by the Centrral govt to give its recommendations on sugar export policy, remunerative sugarcane price and levy sugar soon.
The committee is supposed to give a thorough and detailed report on various issues concerning the country’s sugar industry including the important issue of deregulation.
Accompanied by several of his senior cabinet colleagues Chief Minister Chavan met the committee chairman Dr C Rangarajan, Maharashtra govt sources were quoted as saying.
It is noteworthy that there are nearly two hundred sugar factories in Maharashtra and an overwhelming majority of them are in the cooperative sector. The industry boasts a turnover of several thousand crore providing millions of families the source of their livelihood. The workforce employed in the industry counts more than a million.
It is not without reason that the industry exerts a great amount of influence in the politics of the state. It is generally believed that those exercising control over the industry would prevail in the power-politics of Maharashtra.