Strict action: Government to seize nine sugar mills

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Belagavi: With the mounting sugarcane arrears, cane growers have intensified their protests against the state government and sugar mill in Karnataka. Following which, state Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy set June 30 deadline to all sugar factories for clearing sugarcane arrears.

Due to the failure of clearing dues, now the state Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy comes to an action mode against sugar mills. The Karnataka government has ordered the seizure of nine sugar mills in Belagavi district which failed to settle the mounting dues of the growers. According to reports, Deputy commissioner SB Bommanhalli has ordered the tahsildar concerned to lock out nine sugar factories in the district.

On June 13, CM instructed Deputy commissioners (DCs) 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 responsible for the same. He also asked DCs to seize the sugar stocks or forfeit the mills if they fail to clear the cane dues.

On June 4, The Karnataka State Sugar Cane Growers Association 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.

Speaking to media, Sugar minister RB Timmapur said the government will take steps to clear the dues of farmers from sugar factories by June 30.

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