AIKSCC slams UP government over sugarcane arrears

Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh: The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), group of 250 farmers’ organizations across the country has criticized the Uttar Pradesh government over false promises of clearing the sugarcane arrears.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had informed that a record cane price payment of more than Rs 1,00,000 crores have been paid between 2017-2020 to the 47.20 lakh sugarcane farmers in the state.

According to the news report published in The Times of India, National convener of AIKSCC VM Singh said, “119 sugar mills are presently carrying the highest-ever arrears of cane price to the tune of over Rs 14,000 crore.” He has objected to the government’s claim of giving justice to farmers.

The lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus pandemic has also affected many sugar mills across India. Mills were unable to sell the sugar amid lockdown, due to which sugar stocks are piling up in godown. Sugar mills claim that due to lack of finance they are unable to clear cane arrears.

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