KERALA

Government measures to revive Chittur Cooperative Sugars

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: The State Government has initiated steps to explore the possibility of reviving Chittur Cooperative Sugars Limited which has remained closed for the last four years owing to financial and other crises.

There have been demands that the Excise Department take over the company and make Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from the spirit produced from sugarcane grinding.

An expert team constituted by the Government to study revival proposals, headed by Lawrence Harold, visited the company at Chittur on Monday and held discussions with the officials concerned, workers and farmers. Officials of the Palakkad District Cooperative Bank met the committee with a proposal to take over the unit and modernise it.

The farmers demanded that their due of Rs.3 crore for the sugarcane they supplied be paid.

The company has remained closed since 2002 and two-thirds of the 300-odd employees had taken voluntary retirement. The existing workers are paid only half of their salary.

The company fell into bad days following the ban on arrack. It had been producing arrack from molasses, a byproduct of sugarcane grinding, till then. Its attempts to get license to produce IMFL also failed.

The `extra neutral alcohol' produced by the factory has no buyers in the country due to its high price and various other reasons.

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