The Karnataka Rajya Kabbu Belegarara Sangha has urged the State government to appoint at least one sugarcane expert to the Sugarcane Control Board, which was set up consequent to the State government passing the Karnataka Sugarcane (Regulation of purchase and supply) Bill, 2013.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, sangha State president Kurubur Shanthakumar said if an expert can help the board fix sugarcane price taking into consideration all factors.
Also, the government should appoint a senior accounts officer whose presence in the board would be of great help to check false claims on profits and losses by the sugar mills.
Drawing attention to the plight of sugarcane growers in the State, he said that though the previous government fixed the price of sugarcane at Rs. 2,500 a tonne in 2012-13, not many mills paid the price fixed. Many of the mills did not clear the bills for the sugarcane supplied since January this year. More than Rs. 1,400 crore as arrears was due to be paid to the growers since 2011-12, Rs. 800 crore by the mills in Bagalkot district alone.
Attributing the passage of the State Advisory Price Act by the government to the struggle by the sugarcane growers across the State, he said the Act had empowered the grower and sugarcane supplier to seek legal remedy in the event of sugar mills not making payments for sugarcane bills on time or less than the SAP fixed for the given crushing year.
The forthcoming national convention of sugarcane farmers, being organised jointly by the Consortium of Indian Farmers’ Association, Indian Sugar Mills Association and the sangha at Bangalore on May 25 and 26 would deliberate in detail and draw attention of the both the Centre and State government on issues concerning sugarcane growers and growth of sugar industry.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the convention and C. Rangarajan, who headed the committee constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to study the regulations in the sugar sector, will address more than 1,000 delegates from across the country.
Later, office-bearers of the sangha units in the north Karnataka region, including Dharwad and Bagalkot, held a meeting and discussed issues to be taken up during the convention.
Karnataka Rajya Kabbu Belegarara Sangha to organise convention It will be held in Bangalore on May 25 and 26
Karnataka Rajya Kabbu Belegarara Sangha to organise convention
It will be held in Bangalore on May 25 and 26