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NDSL to be restored to farmers

NDSL to be restored to farmers
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The Nizamabad Deccan Sugars Ltd (NDSL) is to be handed over to the State and will regain its past glory, bringing the much needed relief and happiness to both workers and farmers, who have been waging a relentless struggle for a decade demanding the factory’s takeover.

Nizamabad: The Nizam Deccan Sugars Ltd (NDSL) is to be handed over to the State and will regain its past glory, bringing the much needed relief and happiness to both workers and farmers, who have been waging a relentless struggle for a decade demanding the factory’s takeover.

  • KCR assures sugarcane ryots of three districts
  • CM promises cane price of Rs 2,600
  • Factory management offers Rs 2,260
  • Govt to bear balance amount of Rs 340

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday gave this assurance to farmers from Bodhan, Metpalli and Medak, who come under the purview of the company’s units in Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Medak districts, at a meeting in his Secretariat chambers.

The announcement comes in the wake of KCR’s poll promise that the factory would be taken over by the government. The CM announced cane price of Rs.2,600 per tonne for the 2014-15 cropping season, as desired by farmers. The NDSL management is offering Rs.2,260. The government will bear the balance amount of Rs.340.

TRS has promised its government will take over the factory

KCR suggested that meetings of farmers from the three districts be held to decide the future status of NDSL. Their views will be taken---whether it should be run by the government or ryots should be partners. The meetings will be held on January 7 (in Metpalli, Karimnagar), 10 (Medak) and 11(Bodhan, Nizamabad). Nizamabad MP K Kavitha will attend the Bodhan meeting.

The NDSL was privatised in 2002 by the then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. In 2004 Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy constituted a House committee to go into the alleged irregularities committed in the privatisation. The committee in 2006 recommended that NDSL be taken over. Following YSR’s death, the issue was taken to court and the subsequent government did not bother about it.

During the period 2002-2006 the factory workers and farmers were severely affected by the TDP government’s decision. Many workers lost jobs. Both the workers and farmers have been agitating demanding NDSL takeover. Apparently, they are happy with the decision taken by KCR.

By:bhoopati ramisetty

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