Minister for Small Scale Industries D K Aruna on Monday stated that the government will set up a team to study the sugarcane growers’ problems and other related issues in the sugar-cane growing states.
Talking to media persons after attending a review meeting convened under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K Rosaiah at the Secretariat, Ms Aruna said the Chief Minister has directed officials to set up a team to study the problems of sugarcane growers and other related issues in other states.
“A committee will tour other states and study the conditions there and make recommendations to the government,” she revealed.
The Chief Minister also directed officials to set up a sugarcane research institute in the state to help the growers. The government will take steps to strengthen the sugar industry in the state after studying conditions in other states, she said.
“After getting report from officials, the government will draft a new sugar policy to strengthen the industry,” she added.
The Minister added that the sugarcane cultivation area has increased by 40 percent in the state. The sugarcane cultivated area in the state was 1.8 lakh hectares against 1.2 lakg hectares two years ago, she stated.
Ms Aruna said the Chief Minister has hailed the decision of establishment of sugarcane crushing factory in Mahabubnagar district after four years.
Reacting on the corruption charges leveled by Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu against the government, she said Mr Naidu has no right to criticize government as he was termed the `Raja of corruption’ during the TDP regime’s rule.