Government To Ensure Clearance Of Cane Arrears

 

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Chandigarh, Feb 22( UNI ) The Punjab Government led by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday assured the House that it would ensure that the Wahid Sandhar Sugars Limited, Phagwara, clears Rs 35.43 crores of cane arrears of farmers before March 31 this year.

Housing & Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa gave this assurance on behalf of the Chief Minister, in response to a Call Attention Notice moved by MLA Som Parkash, in the Vidhan Sabha.

Bajwa also told the House that the government was consistently monitoring the functioning of the sugar mill, which had crushed sugarcane worth Rs.184.74 crore during the crushing year 2017-18, of which payment of Rs 149.31 crore had been made to the farmers. A sum of Rs.35.43 crore as on February 12 was still pending against the sugar mill, he added. Notably, in the current season, Wahid Sandhar Sugars Limited had crushed sugarcane worth Rs.57.45 crore up to January 31.

Reiterating the state government’s commitment to make timely payment to all the cane growers, Bajwa said that the Chief Minister had already issued directives to the mill management to ensure that no farmer is harassed for dues.

At present, there are 16 sugar mills (9 cooperative and 7 private) working in the state. The crushing capacity of 9 cooperative sugar mills and 7 private mills is 15766 Tonnes Crushed Daily (TCD) and 35500 TCD respectively. To operate these 16 sugar mills up to their full crushing capacity (180 days), about 1.63 lakh hectare area under sugarcane and 896 lakh quintal of sugarcane is required for crushing.

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