Cane arrears: MP Partap Singh Bajwa requests PM Modi to help sugarcane farmers

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Chandigarh: Congress MP from Rajya Sabha Pratap Singh Bajwa has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step in to ensure that sugarcane arrears in Punjab are paid in a timely manner.

Sugar mills in Punjab have not cleared the pending cane dues. In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Bajwa said, “The farmers must receive payments within a timeframe, if there was to be any impetus on crop diversification. It is unacceptable that the farmer has to wait months or even years for their payments. In this scenario, why would they look to diversify their crop production with these risks?”

“Mill operators have unpaid dues for over a year or more should be banned from operating in the market. I urge the government to also look into fiscal measures or budgetary provisions that can be used to clear the dues of the farmers in a timely fashion and recover the same from the erring mill operators,” he further added.

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