Members of Kabbu Belegarara Okkootta staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Monday, urging the State government to instruct the three cooperative sugar factories to release arrears to sugarcane growers.

Bidar Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane, Naranja Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane and Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane had failed to pay farmers on time.

Some factories had arrears pending for seven to eight years. Protests and petitions had gone unnoticed.

“Factory presidents are acting as if the factories were their personal fiefdoms,” they alleged.

The government should supersede the management boards of these factories and appoint administrators, they demanded. — Special Correspondent