Punjab CM asks Cooperation Minister to ensure payment of sugarcane farmers

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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has asked Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to ensure that sugar mills from the state pay pending cane arrears of sugarcane farmers.

The apex body of cooperative sugar mills, Sugarfed, had released Rs 100 crore for mills to clear dues. CM has asked the minister to issue directions to the cooperative mills to transfer the cane dues to the accounts of the farmers without any delay.

With the release of Rs 100 crore, cooperative sugar mills will be able to clear payment of Rs 349.05 crore against the total of Rs 486.23 crore due for 2019-20 crushing season.

Earlier, raising the voice against the delay in cane payments by the ruling Congress government in Punjab, its own party leaders had taken up the issue with the government. Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa and three MLAs had written a letter to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to address the issue on a priority basis.

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