Udupi, Jan 12 : Karnataka Minister for Home Dr V S Acharya today announced that M/s Rami Sugar Infrastructure Limited which had taken over the defunct Bramhavar Co operative Sugar Factory had agreed to make arrangements for the immediate release of Rupees 12 crore for the payment towards the outstanding dues to sugarcane growers, arrears to the employees and the outstanding loans due to several Primary Co Operative Societies in the district. Addressing a press conference after chairing the meeting along with the Sugar Director of Karnataka and the Commissioner for Sugarcane Development A K Monnappa, representatives from the district and the representatives from Rami Sugars to find early solutions for the revival of the defunct factory since last eight years, he said that M/s Rami Sugars, from Mumbai though have taken over the factory four years back it could not start due to some technical problems, mainly the selection of the suitable partners.
He said that the firm had now able to find a partner- M/s. Sri Annapoorna Groups from Hyderabad with whom it was negotiating and reaching at the final stage. The company had agreed to stick on to the original agreement for the total investment of Rs 31.61 crore including settlement of all dues and rejuanation of the factory for crushing the sugarcane. The representative of the company present at the meeting had also agreed to make immediate advance payment of Rs 12 crore and rest in equated yearly payment of Rs 1.5 crore. With the decision taken at the meeting today, the minister hoped that the factory would commence crushing of sugarcane after an year. He said that the government assured the company that besides production of sugar, it would also be allowed to take up production of byproducts such as distillery, co-generation and Ethanol besides enhancing the crushing capacity to 25,000 tonnes. The outcome of the meeting will be presented before the next cabinet meeting for approval, he added.
Commenting on the sand mafia, he said it had inter-state ramifications. "But, we also need sand. Sand has to be removed from the rivers annually, if not, it will lead to flooding. A total of 40 sub-inspectors will be recruited to a special team which will specially look after this issue," he said.
Deve Gowda's outburst disgusting
Acharya said he was worried that former Prime Minister, Deve Gowda's fiery outbursts should not lead to any law and order problem. "The author of NICE is Deve Gowda and now the robber is crying thief. It pains us and his behaviour is disgusting," said Acharya. He complimented chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for not losing his cool. "I believe Deve Gowda is feeling like a fish out of water without power and that may be the reason for such an outburst," said Acharya.