ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA- Leaderless March

well-tested dual prices system which had worked very well in the past But the essential pre-requisite for the dual pricing system to work is the running of an effective and efficient public distribution system for at least more than half of the sugar stock Which is lifted by the government as levy sugar, leaving the rest for open market sale. But the caretaker government rejected the proposal on the ground, above all, that it was not prepared to run public distribution in sugar and fix the price of levy sugar based on a realistic balance being drawn for the claims of industry, the consumer as well as the cane-grower. It preferred to increase the ex-factory price of all sugar to ensure what it called remunerative price for the cane- grower. The Charan Singh government had already arbitrarily raised the minimum support price for sugar one by as much as 25 per cent compared to last year and in one of his election speeches he promised a further hike of 25 per cent next year.

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