Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who arrived here on Friday to take part in the Vijaya Sankalpa Yatra organised by the District Unit of the BJP, said that the Pandavapura Sugar factor located in the district would be revived for the benefit of the cane growers.
About 150 activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) led by K. S. Puttananaiah staged a protest near the Government PWD tourist bungalow urging the government not to hand over the Pandavapura Sahakara Sakkare Karkane (PSSK) to private parties.
A large number of farmers grow sugarcane in Mandya district and there has been decline in the area under the cane following delay in the payment of prices for cane supplied by farmers to factories.
The Chief Minister assured the protestors that PSSK would not be privatised and that it would be revived. He said tenders had been called for the revival of the PSSK following which the protest was called off.The Chief Minister was received at Tubinakere Helipad by Regional Commissioner M V Jayanthi, IGP (Southern Range) Jeevan Kumar Gaonkar, Deputy Commissioner P C Jaffer, Superintendent of Police Koushalendra Kumar and other officers. He was accompanied by State Party President K. S. Eshwarappa, and was given a guard of honour by a Police contingent.The Chief Minister was received at Tubinakere helipad by Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi, IGP (Southern Range) Jeevan Kumar Gaonkar, Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer, Superintendent of Police Koushalendra Kumar and other officers.