Former minister and incumbent Marcaim MLA Sudin Dhavalikar has urged the government to start operations of the Sanjivani sugar factory in the upcoming crushing season and provide relief to the distressed sugarcane farmers.
Dhavalikar made the plea by holding a press conference at Bandora on Wednesday. Dhavalikar stated that it has been almost two years since the government shut the operations of the lone sugar factory at Dharbandora and nothing has been done to revive or renovate the facility.
Due to which, he said, the sugarcane farmers are in a dilemma over sugarcane cultivation. Whether to continue with sugarcane cultivation or shift to other crops is a question that is bothering the sugarcane farmers, he said, adding, there are around 4,000 families dependent on the sugarcane cultivation.
He said the government should focus on resuming the operations of the sugar factory at least for this season and then whatever renovation is to be carried out can be done in the future. It should be noted that upset with no clear stand from the government, the sugarcane farmers have threatened to stage a dharna from September 29 outside the factory premises.
Meanwhile, Dhavalikar said that when Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha sessions are taking place, schools are all set to reopen by following proper SOPs , why can’t the government hold an assembly session.
It may be noted that the Dhavalikar has written to the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari requesting a minimum 5 days special Assembly session to discuss various burning issues in the state.