Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) claimed that its meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over farmers’ demand for increase in sugarcane prices remained inconclusive. The delegation of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) had a meeting with the Chief Minister on Sunday evening. BKU leader Ratan Mann said after the meeting, the government expressed its inability to increase the price of sugarcane.
In the 90-minute meeting, we had Chief Minister Khattar and Agriculture Minister J.K. Dalal to increase the prices of sugarcane in view of rising inflation but the Chief Minister said that a committee has already been constituted and a decision will be taken based on its report.
“We told the government that there is no need for the committee… According to an official statement issued after the meeting, Khattar met the delegation at his official residence and assured them that his government would soon take a decision in the public interest,” he said. . The protesting farmers had on Saturday locked the main entrance gates of 14 sugar mills in the state. They are demanding increase in the recommended price of sugarcane from Rs 362 to Rs 450 per quintal in the state. Mann said that their protest will continue this month as well. This issue will be raised in the panchayat of various farmer organizations in Jind.
CM Khattar interacted directly with the employees placed through Haryana Skill Employment Corporation
He said that even during the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Sonipat on January 29, farmers will try to raise this issue there. According to an official statement, the state government has constituted a committee to fix the price of sugarcane. Khattar said that the decision will be taken by the committee after taking into consideration all the points raised by the farmers including the price of sugarcane in the neighboring states and other important demands of the farmers.
Urging the farmers not to agitate, he said that the closure of sugar mills is neither in the interest of the farmers nor the mills. The Chief Minister said, let the sugar mills run smoothly as no one is going to benefit from the closure of the mills.
Farmers’ meeting with CM Manohar Lal Khattar remained inconclusive
Story first published: Monday, January 23, 2023, 22:40 [IST]