Latha Shantkumar Harkude, vice-president of the Bidar Zilla Panchayat, has urged the government to set up red gram procurement centres in hoblis to “end the middleman menace in the procurement process”. She met Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer on Friday in this regard, and also requested him to ensure speedy cutting of sugarcane and its transport to factories.

Sona Bai, president of the Hulsoor gram panchayat, and Mallappa Dhabale, former member of the zilla panchayat, were present.

— Special Correspondent