Mumbai: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief
Raj Thackeray on Tuesday wrote a letter to Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan demanding price of Rs 2,200 per tonne for
sugarcane farmers and Rs 200 to labourers.
Pointing at a discrimination in sugarcane prices paid
to the farmers and the labourers, Raj said the state
Government to take immediate action for equal pay.
"Sugarcane factories in Sangli and Kolhapur districts
announced Rs 2,000 to 2,100 per tonne to farmers and Rs 160 to
180 to labourers. But in rest of the state, the factories are
only paying Rs 1500 per tonne for sugarcane and Rs 135 to
labourers which is creating unrest among farmers," Raj said.
Considering the rate of Rs 2000 to 2100 given to
sugarcane last year, the farmers spent huge amount on the
crop. However, now the rates announced are low compared to the
last year, he said.
"If Sangli and Satara districts can pay proper prices
to the farmers then why not others," Raj said.