Sugarcane Growers Associations in Tamil Nadu

Tamilnadu Sugarcane Growers get a Bitter Pill from India

C. Arunachalam

TAMIL TRIBUNE, October 2004 (ID. 2004-10-02)
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Indian Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh made a surprising announcement on July 17, 2003 after attending a meeting with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Finance Minister Jaswant Singh. He said that the Indian Government would grant a one-time subsidy of 600 crore Rupees to Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh in order to help sugarcane growers in  those states. These are not the only three states where sugarcane growing is an important sector of agriculture. Tamil Nadu has large acreages under sugar cane cultivation. Thousands of farmers earn their livelihood from sugarcane growing. What is so special about the states of Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh? Was there a drought or plant disease that affected those states (more than Tamil Nadu)? No, there was no such natural calamity. Then why? Could it be that Haryana, Uttaranchal and Uttar Pradesh are Hindi speaking states and the Indian Government is dominated by Hindi politicians?

Tamil Nadu State Government and the Sugarcane Growers Associations in Tamil Nadu objected to this economic discrimination.

(NOTE: In the past coconut farmers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as textile workers of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu were discriminated in favour of Hindi belt businesses [Reference 1]. See also Reference 2 that gives details of how the Indian Government gave special grants of over 550 crore Rupees to the Hindi-speaking state of Uttaranchal while at the very same time Tamil Nadu Government was also having a tough time financially.)

{EDITORIAL ADDITION: Thanjai Nalankilli wrote a few years ago, "Having studied Indian Government's economic favoritism to Hindi states over the years, I have made the following observation. When opposition mounts on such favoritism in one area, say textile industry, Indian Government will throw some sops to non-Hindi states also and move on to another area, say, pump manufacturers. It is a constant struggle for non-Hindi states to get their due share of financial grants from the Indian Government. It is like a moving target. - From a Tamil Article by Thanjai Nalankilli." It seems that the Indian Government, having discriminated coconut farmers and textile workers in some non-Hindi states, is moving on to sugarcane growers.]


1. Kerala's Coconut Farmers and Tamil Nadu's Textile Workers are starved to Enrich Hindian Businesses (by Lalitha Krishnan Nair), TAMIL TRIBUNE, July 2001.

2. Indian Economy and Finances: A Case Study of Economic Favouritism to Hindi States (by P. Ramamurthy and Thanjai Nalankilli), TAMIL TRIBUNE, November 2002 (18 KB).


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