Bengaluru, Nov 19 (PTI) Pushed by the agitation by sugarcane farmers, Karnataka Congress’ farmers wing has written to party leaders who own sugar factories to clear the ryots’ dues.Also Read - Karnataka CM Indicates Cabinet Expansion In Next Few Days, Says 'Will Discuss The Matter With Party’s Central Leadership'
Farmers in Belagavi and other northern districts have been protesting for the last few days demanding clearance of their pending arrears by sugar factories for the cane suppliedand announcement of purchase price for sugarcane for thecurrent season as had been done in neighbouring Maharashtra. Also Read - Suspense Continues Over Change of Guard in Karnataka as CM Yediyurappa Awaits 'Instruction' From High Command | Top Points
The President of the state congress’ Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress, Sachin Meega, shot off aletter to party leaders Ramesh Jarkiholi, Satish Jarkiholi,Shrimant Patil, S R Patil, S S Mallikarjun, Anand Nyamagouda and S S Malagam. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown: Belagavi District Enhances Restrictions at Inter-State Border Points | Check Here Why
“Farmers have supplied sugarcane they have grown to your factories and money has got be deposited to them, but as the money given was lesser than what was fixed, farmers are indistress and are agitating across the state,” Meega said in his letter.
He said, in this backdrop, the farmers’ wing of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress requests the owners to pay the farmers their due, despite financial difficulties.
“We are aware that you face several constraints, including financial difficulties in running sugar factories, but at this point in time as protecting the interest of farmers being the priority, I request you to pay farmers their due,” he added.
Driving trucks with sugarcane, a group of farmers Sunday had ‘gatecrashed’ into “Suvarna Vidhana Soudha”, the legislature complex in northern district of Belagavi.
They were protesting Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s reportedcancellation of his scheduled visit to meet ryots agitating over payments due from sugar mills.
Kumaraswamy has now convened a meeting of farmers and sugar factory owners at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru Tuesday to discuss on the issue and find a way out.
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