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Addressing issues: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy addressing farmers at KRS reservoir near Mysore on Friday.
Addressing issues: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy addressing farmers at KRS reservoir near Mysore on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Government committed to reviving factory: Kumaraswamy

MYSORE: The sugarcane farmers of Mandya district have something to cheer about, as the dues which Mysugar, a Government-owned sugar factory in the district, owed to them are likely to be settled soon with the Government releasing Rs. 20 crore to the factory on Friday for the purpose.

Disclosing this while addressing farmers after offering “bagina” to the Cauvery at Krishnaraja Sagar dam near here, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the coalition Government was committed to reviving the factory and an additional Rs. 65 crore would be released for its revival to help the growers of the region.

He also promised that the sugar factory at Pandavapura would not be shut as speculated since he and the local MLA C.S. Puttaraju had talks with the promoters of the factory.

While admitting that the scientific price to sugarcane had not been fixed, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government had announced compensation of Rs. 25,000 a hectare if sugarcane farmers suffered losses. Also, a subsidy of Rs. 250 crore had already been set aside for the growers, he said. Maintaining that no other State had waived off loans taken by farmers from cooperative institutions, he announced that the Government would come out with many such innovative programmes for farmers in the coming months.

“Please repose faith in me and my Government. I will keep my promise and complete the tasks without fail. Our Government which is giving an altogether different kind of governance will always remain with the people and win their confidence,” he said.

Earlier, Mr. Kumaraswamy met the agitating farmers at the main gate of the dam and told them that his Government was making efforts to meet the demands of farmers. Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president K.S. Puttanaiah presented a memorandum to Mr. Kumaraswamy.

Over 300 activists, including farmers, who were protesting against the setting up of a coal-based thermal plant at Chamalapura in Mysore district, also met the Chief Minister and requested him not to go ahead with the project since it could be detrimental to environment and the people’s health. The Chief Minister received a memorandum from them and said he would look into their concerns.

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