K'taka: KRRS to stage dharna on May 23 in 3 districts

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Mysore, May 20: The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) has decided to stage a dharna on May 23 in three sugarcane growing districts of Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagara to protest against the State Government not settling the long pending issues concerning sugarcane growers.

The dharna will be staged in front of the Deputy Commissioner's offices in the three districts. Speaking to newspersons here, KRRS President K S Puttannaiah said the government has assured to pay to the farmers Rs 160 additional amount for procuring each tonne of sugarcane by sugar companies.

However, one of the sugarcane factories has got a stay against this from a court. The Government has failed to vacate the stay and Governor Rameshwar Thakur had not responded to the farmers' plea, he said.

Mr Puttannaiah alleged that the Governor and his four advisors refused to meet the farmers on this issue when they went to meet them at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat.

Pointing out that Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have fixed the Minimum Support Price for sugarcane at Rs 1,250 per tonne and an additional Rs 30 for transportation, he said the State Government has not fixed the support price for growers in the State.

The Swaminathan Committee has recommended Rs 1,545 per tonne of cane at the national level, but neither the centre nor the state government has implemented it.

UNI

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