Nine sugar mills in Maharashtra to face action

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Pune: Maharashtra State sugar commissionerate will soon initiate action against nine sugar mills which have flouted the FRP rules even after taking benefit of the Centre’s soft loan scheme. The action will be taken against the nine sugar mills including three from Kolhapur, and two each from Pune and Nanded and one each in Aurangabad and Solapur which failed to clear FRP.

The action against these mills under RRC (Revenue Recovery Code) was on hold owing to the Model Code of Conduct. So far 52 RRC notices have been issued to the factories.

Till April 15, farmers are yet to receive total 4,324.4 crore Rs which is 18 per cent of the full FRP. Out of total 21,937.17 crore Rs, mills have paid Rs 17,928.40 crore.

Only 34 sugar mills have paid 100 per cent FRP, 77 mills paid 80-90 per cent FRP, 49 paid 60-70 per cent FRP, and 35 mills have paid FRP less than 60 per cent.

This year was tough for the sugar sector in Maharashtra, and as many as eight mills have found selling excess sugar than the prescribed limit.

Speaking to a leading website, sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said, “Ten sugar mills out of 195 mills have found selling sugar more than 100 per cent quota allotted to them. Action has been initiated against them.”

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