The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high level meeting to review issues related to the sugar sector.
Taking note of the current supply-demand issues with regard to sugar, the Prime Minister called for assiduous efforts to increase ethanol blending of fuel. He also called for exploring all possibilities for export of sugar. The Prime Minister also reviewed the progress with regard to the Rs. 6000 crore incentive package approved by the Union Government in June 2015. The Prime Minister emphasized that the farmers' interest be kept foremost at all times, and issues related to sugar sector be monitored regularly. Long-term measures with regard to the sector were also discussed.
Union Ministers Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, and Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan were present. Senior officers from the Ministries of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs, Finance, Commerce, External Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, besides NITI Aayog and PMO, were also present.