FRP issue: Farmers set on fire division office of Kranti sugar mill demanding one time FRP

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Sangli: Angry sugarcane farmers set on fire the divisional office of the Kranti sugar mill at Ghogav in Palus taluka of Sangli district on Tuesday night demanding one time FRP.

The farmers belonging to Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana have been agitating for a one-time FRP from the sugar mills for this season. The organisation had launched agitations before the start of cane crushing season 2020-21 in Sangli and Kolhapur district. The agitation was called off after the millers agreed to pay them one time FRP. However more than three months have passed since the mills began cane crushing, the mills have not paid them FRP. This has angered the farmers and they renewed their agitation.

A group of angry farmers stormed into the divisional office of the Kranti sugar mill on Tuesday night and set on fire the office. The farmers have alleged that during the recent elections for the graduate constituency for Maharashtra state assembly, chairman of the mill Arun Lad promised them to pay one time FRP but after winning the seat, he has not fulfilled the promise.

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