Demand to take action against Iqbalpur sugar mill

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Dehradun: Farmers are facing financial troubles as the Iqbalpur sugar mill is yet to pay their sugarcane arrears from the last two years. On Monday, Jhabrera MLA Deshraj Karnwal raised the problem of sugarcane farmers in front of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Secretary Sugarcane Development Harbans Singh Chugh.

He said that farmers agitated for the sugarcane arrears, but nothing worked in their favour. He has urged the CM to ensure early payment of cane growers and also asked to take strict action against sugar mill’s administration.

Farmers who gave sugarcane to Iqbalpur sugar mill are in big trouble. Despite agitation by the farmers many times, the mill failed to clear the cane dues. This has enraged the farmers, and they claim that both government and sugar mill is cheating them. Sugarcane farmers claim that their financial condition is worsening day-by-day as they have not received dues from mills. Farmers assert that they are unable to feed their families, nor able to pay school fees of their children.
After mill failed to pay arrears, the government started auctioning of the mill’s sugar but failed to attract the buyers due to stringent bidding rules.

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