Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government is in its full action mode to make sure that sugar mills clear the pending cane arrears. Issuing warning against the defaulter sugar mills, the state has set a deadline of October 31 to pay all the arrears of sugarcane farmers.
In the latest action over, UP police have registered a case against the Simbhaoli Sugars Limited over unpaid dues.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sarvesh Mishra said, “Sugarcane farmers filed a complaint against the mill. Even after repeated directions sugar mill has not paid sugarcane farmers; therefore, a case has been registered against Simbhaoli sugar mill.”
Gursimran Kaur, Managing Director of Simbhaoli Sugar Mill, were among the five company officials named in the FIR under sections of the Indian Penal Code along with sections of the Essential Commodities Act.
Farmers alleged in a complaint that they should get 85 per cent of the amount collected by the sugar mill from selling sugar but they were not given the same.
Sugarcane minister Suresh Rana while addressing a meeting in Shamali on Friday stated that the pending dues of farmers would be settled before October end. And If the mills failed to clear dues, then recovery certificates will be issued to them and dues would be paid after selling sugar from their godowns.
Recently, acting on a PIL filed by two farmers, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday had instructed state government to clear dues of cane growers within a month. The petitioners have stated that they had borrowed loans from banks to grow the crop but are not in a position to repay as their dues are pending with mills.
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