Nepal: Supreme Court asks government to clear cane dues in a month

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order on Thursday to the government to ensure that the sugarcane farmers get their dues within a month.

The court headed by a single bench of Justice Kumar Regmi issued the order in response to a petition filed by Punya Prasad Khatiwada against the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

According to the media report, the court stated that the delay in cane payment is an injustice to the sugarcane farmers and the farmers rushing to Kathmandu every year demanding their dues is against the principle of the welfare state. The court observed that delaying payments to sugarcane farmers violated their fundamental right to dignified life as they were deprived of earnings that they needed to meet health, education, and other needs of their families.

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