Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Tamizhaga Vivasagiyal Sangam has appealed to the State government to hike the State Advised Price (SAP) for sugarcane to Rs.1,750 a tonne.

Several private sugar mills were already paying Rs.1,750 to Rs.2,350 tonne, over and above the State Advised Price. The State government should hike the SAP to benefit sugarcane growers registered with cooperative and public sector sugar mills, a resolution adopted at the Tiruchi, Perambalur and Ariyalur districts executive committee meeting of the association held at Perambalur recently said.

Explaining the decisions arrived at the meeting, R. Raja Chidambaram, State Secretary of the association, said the meeting also adopted a resolution urging the Union government to extend the interest concession extended to crop loans throughout the year irrespective of the season.

The meeting pointed out that nationalised banks were extending crop/jewel loans to farmers at six per cent interest only for the rabi season and the concession should be made available throughout the year.

It also appealed to the State government to take steps to extend fresh loans to farmers on whose names loans were sanctioned fraudulently without their knowledge and the money misappropriated by the cooperative society employees a few years back. Though cases were registered in such cases against the employees concerned, farmers in whose names the loans were taken have been suffering as fresh loans were not being sanctioned to them for no fault of theirs. Similarly, many cooperative societies were not sanctioning loans to farmers, even after they have repaid their dues, on the grounds that their guarantors had unpaid dues, the association alleged.

The meeting welcomed the State government’s decision to issue house site pattas to people living in village natham poromboke for five years. The process of issuing the pattas should be simplified and be based on an enquiry by the village administrative officers.

The meeting resolved to take out a rally in Perambalur on February 27 to press for the demands.