Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala 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 Kerala 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.
"We are working out arrangements with a group of African countries to ensure that we have uninterrupted availability of raw nuts from there," said Vijayan.
He also observed that the newly formed Kerala 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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