Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh: Stating that the government is committed to the welfare of the sugarcane farmers, deputy chief minister and Excise minister K. Narayanaswamy said that concerns of the cane farmers and the black jaggery traders will be addressed, reports The Hindu.
During a meeting with the black jaggery traders and sugarcane farmers, he said, “Police were insisting on invoices and bills in the black jaggery trade due to the growing incidence of illicit liquor brewing not only in Chittoor but also elsewhere in the State. The aim is not to create trouble for farmers and traders but to eradicate illicit liquor brewing.”
Superintendent of Police Y. Rishant Reddy has asked the jaggery farmers to avoid selling jaggery and other materials to the suspects involved in illicit liquor-making businesses.
At the same time, the association of jaggery merchants has submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Deputy Chief Minister and the SP requesting to remove the restrictions on the sale of jaggery.