Maharashtra cane employees demand wage hike

The Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation has estimated that the state would report 900 lakh tonne of crushing to supply 101 lakh tonne sugar.

Forward of the sugar season of 2020-21, cane employees in Maharashtra have requested for a hike of their wages to Rs 400 per tonne.Staff are presently paid Rs 280 per tonne. Each season, round 6-10 lakh employees take part within the crushing operations in the course of the cane season which stretches to over 120 odd days. Maharashtra has over 14 lakh employees, lots of whom journey to different states together with neighbouring Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and even Tamil Nadu searching for work.

DL Karad, president, Sugarcane Cutters and Transport Staff Union and vice chairman, Centre of India Commerce Unions (CITU), acknowledged that the tripartite settlement that was signed in October 2015 has expired and must be renewed.

The wages of employees ought to be hiked earlier than the beginning of the season because the Covid pandemic has hit the employees onerous, he mentioned in a illustration to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Staff who migrate to Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka for the season ought to be given wages and different amenities as per the inter-state labour legal guidelines. Shrirang Bhange, president, Maharashtra Rajya Ustod Kamgar Va Vahtuk Sanghatana, additionally mentioned that the employees ought to be given wages of Rs 400 per tonne. The Sanghatana shall be approaching the federal government on this subject subsequent week, he mentioned.

Maharashtra expects a bumper crop within the coming season of 2020-21. In accordance with estimates made by the Sugar Commissionerate, cane has been cultivated on 10.66 lakh hectares and round 825 lakh tonne cane is anticipated to be crushed to supply round 93.22 lakh tonne sugar.

The Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation has estimated that the state would report 900 lakh tonne of crushing to supply 101 lakh tonne sugar.
In gentle of the Covid outbreak, Maharashtra sugar millers had anticipated a labour scarcity, and accordingly, farmer entrepreneurs had positioned orders for round 200 new harvesting machines, every costing round Rs 1 crore.

Sanjay Khatal, managing director of Maharashtra State Co-operative Sugar Mills Federation, mentioned that of the whole cane harvested within the state round 5% of the cane is harvested utilizing machines. Round 150 odd machines are in use within the state.

Bhange, nevertheless, mentioned that cane labourers required work and due to this fact no scarcity of labour will occur. Staff have to be examined by the factories and supplied amenities for the graceful functioning of the season, he mentioned.

Maharashtra sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad mentioned {that a} set of pointers can be issued earlier than the beginning of the season to sugar millers for the maintenance and welfare of the cane laborers.

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