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PM Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Four-Day International Conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane Value Chain in Pune

The four-day international conference and expo during November 13-16 will attract around 1,500 delegates from across the world, who will speak on different aspects of the sugarcane value chain

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Pune, November 11, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here on Sunday afternoon for a brief visit to inaugurate a four-day international conference and exhibition on sugarcane value chain, an official said here on Friday.

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“Modi will throw open a global conference and exhibition on ‘Sugarcane Value Chain – Vision 2025 Sugar’, organised by the Vasantdada Sugar Insitute (VSI), in Manjari-Budruk, Pune,” he said.

Modi will be accompanied by Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh and Prakash Javadekar, and state ministers Chandrakant Patil, Girish Bapat, Pandurang Fundkar and Subhash Deshmukh.

The Prime Minister will depart from the state after the event the same evening.

Established in 1975, the renowned VSI is an autonomous body set up by sugar cooperatives with a mission to effect improvement in the socio-economic status of sugarcane farmers.

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This is done by providing them cutting-edge technologies through scientific research related to sugarcane and its products.

The four-day international conference and expo during November 13-16 will attract around 1,500 delegates from across the world, who will speak on different aspects of the sugarcane value chain.

The exhibition will showcase various technological developments in sugar industry, live demonstrations of sugarcane crops showing advanced technologies and cultivation practices implemented.

The event is being held to commemorate the birth centenary celebrations of the late Vasantdada Patil, who was three-time Chief Minister of Maharashtra and also served as Rajasthan Governor.

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Credited with immense contributions in the fields of education and the cooperative movement, Patil died at the age of 72 in March 1989. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)