State minister for co-operation Harshawardhan Patil on Sunday said that the state delegation will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon to waive income tax dues for sugar factories and ask him to find a permanent solution to the problem.
Patil, on Sunday, held a meeting with the officials in this regard at Sakhar Sankul. Minister of state for co-operative department Prakash Solanke, stalwarts in the co-operative sugar factories sector Shankarrao Kolhe, Shivajirao Giridhar Patil, secretary to the department Rajgopal Devara, sugar commissioner Vijay Singhal, agriculture commissioner Umakant Dangat and managing director of the Vasantdada Sugar Institute Shivajirao Deshmukh were present at the meeting.
The federation of sugar factories in the state had demanded waving off dues towards income tax. Patil said that he will be visiting New Delhi with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and seek an appointment with the PM in this regard.
The minister said that he would seek legal provisions with respect to income tax for the sugar factories.
“I will be also ask union minister for agriculture Sharad Pawar in this regard so that sugar factories in the state can be helped out during the crisis,” he said.
He added that he has asked agriculture commissioner to make arrangements for undertaking cultivation for generating seed for the sugarcane for the next season.
According to him, the sugar factories will be facing grave situation in next season as the delayed monsoon will be affecting cultivation badly.
“A day long sugar conference will be held in Ichalkaranji in January 5, 2013,” he added.