Sugarcane dues: Farmers to organise mahapanchayat on February 12

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Ambala: Sugarcane farmers of Naraingarh are irked over delay in the cane payments and have decided to organise a mahapanchayat on February 12 to decide on their future course of action.

Rajiv Sharma, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) spokesman, said, “Till February 2, farmers have sent 28 lakh tonne of Sugarcane and the mill is yet to pay bills worth Rs 58 crore. As per the rule mills should clear dues within 14 days of crushing Sugarcane but the mill has cleared dues till December 13. Farmers had to agitate for their dues last year and had launched Jal Satyagraha.”

“There was a problem with the mill’s power plant and considering this we did not raise the issue earlier. The farmers have decided to meet at mahapanchayat on February 12 to decide the future course of their action,” he said.

BKU chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “The lower prices of sugar in the market has also affected the payment issue.”

Aditi, Naraingarh Subdivisional Magistrate, said, “We are working for the speedy redressal of the issue. The problem is due to low sugar rate in the market.”

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