Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday warned the owners of sugar factories of strict action if they fail to pay dues to cane farmers at rates secure by them throughout procurance. However, with most sugar manufacturing plant owners causing solely their representatives for the three-way talks - with the government and farmers - a clear commitment on modalities of clearing dues remained to achieve.
Speaking to reporters when the marathon conference with agitative cane farmers and representatives of mill owners lasting nearly six hours, Mr. Kumaraswamy aforesaid he would hold another spherical of talks directly with mill owners on November 22 to sketch the modalities of clearing dues.
Admitting that the one-and-a-half-hour separate meeting with factory representatives had didn't get a clear commitment, the Chief Minister aforesaid, “As most factory owners had sent their representatives, who aren't authorized to require choices, I even have asked the Cane Commissioner to summon the factory owners for a gathering on November 22.”.
Issuing a stern warning to factory owners, Mr. Kumaraswamy said: “They should keep their word and pay the dues supported the rates that they had in agreement to pay throughout procurance. in step with the farmers, this runs to the tune of ₹450 crore. they can't manipulate with this commitment. we all know a way to rein them in,” he said. “I have additionally asked the Cane Commissioner to induce details of how much every factory owes farmers and prepare an in-depth report. As of now, we tend to only have the figure calculable by the farmers,” he added.
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