Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesperson Kanhaiyalal Gidwani has held Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar responsible for the sugar crisis.
“Yes, I believe in common responsibility but it is after all the responsibility of the department concerned to judge and assess the situation and come out with a solution in which Pawar has failed,” the Congress leader said on Wednesday.
Gidwani, whose party is an ally of Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party said Pawar has been taking wrong decisions since 2004. He alleged that Pawar had taken decisions only in the interests of importers and exporters and not to favour farmers and consumers.
Gidwani said Pawar should have come out with solutions and recommendations on the situation. He suggested that the government announce a fair and remunerative price (FRP) of Rs 3,000 per tonne of sugar to attract farmers towards cane cultivation.