Muzaffarnagar: In a little relief to sugarcane farmers, the government in Uttar Pradesh has taken a stern step against the sugar mill for allegedly not clearing farmers’ dues of Rs 80 lakh. As per reports, a case was registered against the management of a sugar mill in Shamli district for not paying dues.
According to District Magistrate Akhilesh Singh, the FIR was lodged after directions of district authorities.
The rule mandates that cane amount should be deposited to the farmers’ bank accounts within 14 days after the sugarcane harvest is handed over to the factory owners, but millers in the district failed to do so.
According to the PTI report, the mill’s management, including the joint managing director, the chief executive officer and the executive officer, were booked for not clearing dues of farmers up to Rs 80 lakh.
Since long farmers have been agitating outside the mill, demanding their dues. Factory owners have expressed helplessness in paying the arrears owing to the fall in the price of sugar in the domestic market.
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