Extend subsidy to urea units, Jaya tells PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevail upon the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers to reconsider its proposal to stop subsidy to fertiliser units if they do not shift to gas-based production by June-end. 

Jayalalitha said the previous UPA government had on April 2, under the New Pricing Scheme III (NPS III), issued a directive mandating all naphtha-based urea-producing fertiliser plants to switch over to gas, saying they would not be eligible for any subsidy after June 30.  

“The very rationale of this decision is questionable when the government of India, which has to provide gas connectivity, has not done it for no fault of the plants and when one of these plants belongs to a central PSU,” she said.

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