Punjab: Ministers allege more cane being allotted to private mills

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Chandigarh: Cabinet meeting called on Thursday to discuss various issue witnessed huge uproar as ministers alleged that the private sugar mills have been allotted more cane than cooperative mills for this crushing season.

According to the news report published in the leading news website, Rural Development Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Cooperatives Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa raised the matter and complained that the Cane Commissioner, in his fresh orders on December 17, had allotted most of the surplus sugarcane to private mills for crushing in the upcoming season.

Hearing this, the chief minister Amarinder Singh has directed Vishwajeet Khanna, the Financial Commissioner Development to look into the matter.

Media reports say that Rana Sugar mill has been given 12.22 lakh quintal sugarcane for crushing, which is more than the other cooperative mills.

Randhawa also told CM that the cooperative mill at Nakodar was allotted only 1.75 lakh quintal cane this year whereas it had crushed 6 lakh quintals cane last year.

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