Sugar mill ordinance
The President promulgated an ordinance empowering the Central government to take over the management of those sugar mills which do not start crushing operations by November 15 or have cane arrears in excess of 10 per cent of the cane price payable in respect of the 1977-78 season. The management takeover will be up to a period of three years. A nominal compensation will be paid for the takeover of the management at the rate of Rs 500 tier month for units with a crushing capacity of 500 tonnes per day or less, with an addition of one rupee per tonne for higher capacity units, subject to a maximum of Rs 1,250 per month. Before the takeover of any undertaking, due notice will be given to the undertaking.
Indira on Janata
Indira Gandhi accused the Janata Government of functioning only “for a few” and said it had been unable to understand the sentiments of the people. Addressing a meeting of the Congress (I) Parliamentary Party, summoned to felicitate her on the Chikmagalur victory, Mrs Gandhi asserted that her party shall always function in a non-violent and peaceful way. At the same time, she declared it could not tolerate injustice, selling the interests of the country, violence and crime.
Charan to split?
Former Union Home Minister Charan Singh has hinted at the possibility of forming a new party before the next poll. In an interview with the correspondent of a Hindi daily of Kanpur, the former BLD leader said that if the internal differences continued and there was no change in the present attitude and functioning of the Janata leaders, he would have no option but to form a new party. Singh in reply to another question admitted that his supporters might raise the demand for breaking away from the Janata Party and forming a new party at the kisan rally on December 23 in Delhi.