ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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NEW DELHI-Reckoning Afresh with Labour

 retrospectively from November 1969 as directed by the UP Government, It is stated that the Central Government did not increase the levy price of sugar in respect of the existing stocks to provide for the increased cost of wages and that the company was advised that the State Government's notification was ultra vires the provisions of the UP Industrial Disputes Act. The company filed a writ petition in the Allahabad High Court which stayed the operation of the notification insofar as it sought to give retrospective effect to the increased wages, pending disposal of the petition. During 1969-70, the Rosa sugar factory started crushing around mid-November and had to continue crushing till July 13 "under pressure from the State Government" despite "the fall in the recovery to around 2 per cent". The factory crushed 1.66 lakh tonnes of cane with an average recovery of 8.04 per cent, to produce 1.34 lakh bags of sugar. But the report does not give the comparative figures of cane crushed, average recovery obtained, or sugar produced in the previous year. It complains that sugar prices fixed for the central UP zone were "much below" the cost of production and that Government did not revise them in spite of representations from the industry. The loss suffered in the working of the sugar factory was erased by the improved working of the Asansol distillery which, with improvement in the supply of molasses, could maintain production at a satisfactory level throughout the year. The Rosa distillery also gave improved results following measures taken by the company and its distributors to counteract competition from large industrial alcohol distilleries in the northern markets. Equity dividend was skipped with a view to conserving funds.

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