Centre delaying subsidy to sugarcane growers: Sindh CM



KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government has vowed to give additional subsidy for exporting sugar so that crushing season of sugar mills could be started, but the federal government has not issued notification yet in this regard.

Talking to media at First Tripartite Labour Conference at a local hotel, he said that the Sindh government was sincere with sugarcane growers and had notified support rate of Rs182 per 40 kg for which the Sindh government also issued the notification.

He further stated that the federal government in the last Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting had decided to give a subsidy of Rs10.7 per kg for export of sugar. He added that the Sindh cabinet, in order to resolve the issue between the sugarcane farmers and the millers, decided to give an additional subsidy of Rs9.3 per kg but the federal government had not taken action in this regard.

Murad went on to say that the industrial development was linked with the health, financial strength and working atmosphere of the labourers. If a worker is financially satisfied and receives a decent wage and there are good working conditions, then industrial units will flourish, the CM added.

International Labour Organisation Country Director Chaudhry Manzoor also addressed the audience on the occasion.