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Kerala opposition stages walkout over cashew industry travails

IANS  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The Congress-led Opposition on Monday walked out of the Assembly, blaming the Vijayan-led government of not doing enough to revive the cashew industry.

The opposition said 800 of 850 cashew factories were closed but maintained that the government was working hard towards reviving the cashew industry.

of Opposition said the government should sanction a one-time assistance of Rs 10,000 to the cashew workers, who have no work since January. He also demanded free ration for them.

"Most cashew factories are in dire straits... almost 800 factories in the private sector needs support from the government," he said.

"You have now been in power for close to two years... why are you not taking over these factories. You should also impress upon the Centre for a special package," said Chennithala.

Replying to an adjournment motion moved by former and senior Adoor Prakash, said the factories were closed due to the non-availability of raw nuts.

"We are working out arrangements with a group of African countries to ensure that we have uninterrupted availability of raw nuts from there," said

He also observed that the newly formed Cashew Board was also working on programmes to increase the area under cashew cultivation and said the forest department would earmark 5,000 acres soon.

However, Vijayan had no answer to the points raised by Prakash who said that, at present, all 40 factories in the government sector were closed while around 800 private factories were also closed due to non-availability of raw nuts.

"Two lakh workers, of which 90 per cent are women, are in dire straits," said Prakash.



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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 13:40 IST