VELLORE: Bharatiya Kisan Sangh on Thursday appealed to the State government to hold talks with striking workers of sugar mills and ensure that mills begin crushing operations. Workers of sugar mills in the State launched an indefinite strike on 11 December demanding a higher salary. Responding to this, the government announced a hike on December 18.
State president of the sangh, C Munusamy, and president of the Vellore unit, A T Babu pointed out that though the government had announced salary hike for the workers, many in the northern districts, especially Vellore and Tiruvallur, had not returned to work because of which farmers are confused whether to harvest the cane or wait endlessly.
“It is therefore imperative that the State government holds talks with the workers and sorts out the issue,” they said. They added that if the deadlock continued till the end of this month, the sangh would coordinate with other farmer groups and trade unions to launch agitations.