Sugar farmers badly affected: Jagan

Sugar farmers badly affected: Jagan - Sakshi Post

Visakhapatnam, Moved by the bitter saga of the sugarcane farmers whose crop has taken a severe beating during the landfall of Hudhud Cylcone and help was not forthcoming from the State, Leader of Opposition, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that YSR Congress would take up their cause and mount pressure on the TDP Government to provide the needed relief and will take up the agitation path, if necessary.

During his interaction with farmers in the cyclone ravaged are of Thummapala, near here, on Saturday, he gave a patient hearing to the famers who have poured their cup of woes and told him that there was no enumeration done so far and no officials has visited the area so far.

“It is very pathetic that not a single official has visited the region where sugarcane crop has submerged totally and farmers are in distress. No enumeration work was taken up and no help has come in from the State.  The farmers have become defaulters as Chandrababu Naidu did not honour his loan waiver promise.

The farmers are now not eligible for crop insurance as well which is rubbing salt to injury and the plight of the sugarcane farmers has inflated by the indifference of the State government, which is yet to clear the dues of the previous year procurement.

Farmers are very disturbed and are venting their ire at Chief Minister for bringing things to such a pass, he said adding that YSRCP will take up the issue seriously and will protest strongly against the State apathy.

The State has only cleared Rs 3 cores of the Rs 6 crores due to the Thummapala Sugar Factory and it has been the practice of the TDP to push sugar factories into the red. The indications are that the employees were not getting salaries for the past seven months and moves are being made to privatise the unit.

Earlier there was a conspiracy to privatise this factory but YSR has thwarted all such Chandrababu Naidu has the history of weakening sugar factories in the cooperative sector and selling the land and defunct units to his coterie. We will not allow this injustice to happen and will fight it out with the TDP government, he assured the farmers.

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