The opposition parties have been mounting pressure on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take over the defunct Nizam Sugars Factory (NSF) and reopen the same. Leaders of the Congress, the TDP and the Left together have demanded that the State government to revive NSF, which was privatised earlier and was later shut down, as per its poll promise.
A round table conference was organised by the ‘Cheruku Rythula’ (Sugarcane farmers) Joint Action Committeee, in order to exert pressure on the government to revive the Nizam Deccan Sugars Limited (formerly known as Nizam Sugar Factory) located at Bodhan in Nizamabad district and demanded that the government should immediately take over the factory. They denounced the Chief Minister’s attempt to hand over the same to private persons again in the name of farmers’ cooperative society.
During the meeting, chaired by Cheruku Rythula JAC, TDP leaders- A Revanth Reddy, Amarnath Babu and E Peddi Reddy, Congress farmers’ wing, Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Congress State unit chairman M Kodanda Reddy, CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, CPM leader Padma and others, aired their views on the issue. They alleged that the government had failed to take over the factory resulting in untold woes to the farmers and workers.
“The workers in the factory are not getting their salaries for the last thirteen months. The government should take initiative to revive the factory for the sake of farmers belonging to Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Medak,” they demanded.