Pending arrears of Bheemasingi Sugar Factory will be paid: Botsa Satyanarayana

Botsa Satyanarayana clarified that the farmers were not lathicharged during the agitation. Some people with vested interests are deliberately trying to mislead people, he added.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  5 Nov 2021 11:59 AM GMT
Pending arrears of Bheemasingi Sugar Factory will be paid: Botsa Satyanarayana

Vizianagaram: Stating that the pending arrears from Bheemasingi Sugar Factory amounts to Rs. 16 crore, the minister for municipal administration, Botsa Satyanarayana, clarified that the farmers were not lathicharged during the agitation. Some people with vested interests are deliberately trying to mislead people, he added.

Speaking to the media here on Friday, the minister said the government is trying to provide justice for the farmers by auctioning the company's assets through the Revenue Recovery Act to pay all the pending dues. He said the government had resolved a similar issue back in 2019 when the pending arrears from the factory were above Rs. 25 crore. The minister said the government is well aware of the farmers' hardships and added that the government is taking responsibility although it is a private factory and turning a blind eye like the previous government.

The government has seized over 30,000 bags of sugar valued at Rs. 10 crore from the factory. The issue will be resolved at the earliest, the minister said. Asserting that the Opposition parties are spreading false propaganda, he said there was no lathicharge and the police had exercised restraint even after getting attacked. He said that the Opposition has been provoking the farmers and inciting violence in the name of agitation but the government is conducting an inquiry over that incident.

Minister Botsa slammed TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu who had claimed that the state has turned into a hub for ganja cultivation. There was abundant ganja cultivation during the TDP rule but the current government has been taking strict measures in reducing it, he said, adding that Mr. Naidu has been obstructing every initiative of the government.

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