Jan 21, 2013, 10.44 PM IST
Under the direction of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the government has now formed a new group of ministers (GoM) to discuss and deliberate the much delayed pricing policy for urea.
Last June, the cabinet considered the new pricing policy for urea and at then it was deferred owing to the specific proposal which said that urea prices should be increased by 10 percent.
Only last week, the prime minister directed the government to form a new GoM. It will be headed by Sharad Pawar. So far no date has been fixed for that. The fertilizer ministry is working on the minutes that will be put before the GoM. One needs to wait for what the GoM decides, but it will be interesting because it is being headed by Pawar who in the past had opposed urea price hike. It will also have finance minister P Chidambaram who will ask the GoM and other ministers to take a more positive view on the urea price hike proposal.
This is not just a urea price hike proposal, there are also other initiatives that the scheme talks about including incentivising non-gas based urea plants to gas based.
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