Protest against Uttar Pradesh government over sugarcane dues

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Shamli: Members of Samajwadi Party launched an agitation at district collectorate against the Yogi Adityanath government demanding payment of pending cane arrears. They alleged government failed to fulfil its poll promises.

Responding to the appeal made by SP president Akhilesh Yadav, the party workers from Unn, Kairana and Shamali launched a protest at respective tehsil offices on Tuesday. They alleged that the government has failed to meet promises made during the election campaign.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath claims total sugarcane dues in the state stand at Rs 5,000 crore, and government paid so far more than Rs 74,000 crore to the cane growers.

In the last 15 days, many sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh paid the dues. Recently, the Allahabad High Court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to clear the cane dues with 15 per cent interest on it within a month. The court issued the order after hearing a petition filed by farmers from Uttar Pradesh. Adityanath directed the sugar mills to pay the pending cane arrears of farmers before October 31 and asked the government officials to file cases against the millers in case of non-payment of cane dues.

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