Chief Minister sets June 30 deadline for sugar mills

Bengaluru: After an escalating row over sugarcane arrears in the Karnataka, now the state Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy comes to an action mode against sugar mills.

Warning of strong action, Kumaraswamy on Thursday set June 30 deadline to all sugar factories for clearing sugarcane arrears in the state.

He asked the Deputy commissioners of all sugar cane growing districts to hold talks with sugar mills and ensure that cane growers get their dues and if factories fail to pay then DCs will be held accountable for the same.

CM said, “If sugar mills fail to comply with the direction, then seized their sugar stocks.”

The Karnataka State Sugar Cane Growers Association on June 4 had set a deadline to sugar factories in Karnataka to clear their dues within 15 days and also warned the government to face statewide agitation in case of non-payment.

Recently, the farmers’ delegation met Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to make him aware of the farmers suffering. Following which, CM assured the delegation of an early resolution to some of their pending demands including early clearance of dues by sugar mills.


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