AP Farmers Welcome Palair Co-op Sugar Mill Privatisation

Hyderabad, October 25: | Updated: Oct 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
For the first time, sugar farmers in Andhra Pradesh have hailed the privatisation of one of the state governments age-old sugar mill.

Nearly 6,000 cane farmers in the Khammam district have welcomed the privatisation of 1,250 TCD (tonne crushing per day) Palair Co-operative Sugar Mill in the region, which they hope will serve their cause better under the new management.

The officials of Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP), who recently spoke to a cross-section of the farmers, found that there is a change in the farmers life style and they assured the Society the viability of Palair Sugar Mill under the new management.

Sharing the excerpts from the observations of farmers, SSNP said that in an unprecendented display of initiative, foresight and relentless pressure, the farmers group succeeded in persuading the earlier chairman of the co-operative sugar mill to withdraw the writ petition challenging the privatisation of the mill.

Besides, the farmers also felt that their chances of survival would imrpove only if the unit runs under private management, the Society observed in a press release issued by Implementation Secretariat here on Friday.

Palair Co-operative Sugar Mills was taken over by Hyderabad-based Rs 900-crore Madhucon Projects Ltd, which made a highest bid offer of Rs 9.58 crore in June this year.

The new management assured the farmers of all help and had agreed to retain all employees as per the agreed terms and conditions, the release added.