Sugar millers asked to pay cane dues or face FIR

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Bijnor: Sugar season 2019-2020 will commence soon, but mills have not paid full sugarcane arrears yet. Following which cane growers have intensified their protest. In spite of multiple warnings from the government, mills failed to clear the dues. The same condition is in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district too. Now coming in an action mode, the assistant sugar commissioner has issued notices to six district sugar mills to clear their dues within seven days or FIRs will be lodged against their owners and senior management.

Sugar mills in the district owe around Rs 500 crore. August 31 deadline set by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath comes to an end, but still, sugar mills in the state have not cleared the sugarcane arrears.

Cane growers in the district are worried as their past dues have not been cleared yet, and new season is about to commence from October.

Sugarcane farmers in the district claim that their financial condition is worsening day-by-day as they have not received dues from mills. Farmers assert that they are unable to feed their families, nor able to pay school fees of their children.

The sugar mills are suffering from various hurdles from the last few years, and to help them, the government introduced various measures.

With an aim to reduce the sugar surplus and low down cane arrears, the government has recently approved the sugar export subsidy. And it is expected that this will aid in reducing the dues.

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