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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Cane farmers await last season’s dues

Tribune News Service
Ambala, October 30

The next crushing season of the Naraingarh sugar mill will begin in November, but the mill is yet to clear the farmers' dues of around Rs 19 crore for the previous crushing season that ended in April.

NORMS IGNORED

  • The crushing season at the Naraingarh sugar mill started on November 12 last year
  • The season ended on April 23 and the cane payment of Rs167 crore have been given
  • As per norms, payments were to be cleared within 14 days of purchase of sugarcane

The crushing season at the Naraingarh sugar mill started on November 12 last year and the mill had crushed around 55.33 lakh quintal sugarcane amounting over Rs 186 crore.

The season ended on April 23 and the cane payment of Rs 167 crore, including post-dated cheques of Rs 38 crore, have been given.

As per norms, payments were to be cleared within 14 days of purchase of sugarcane.

Following delay in sugarcane payment by the Naraingarh sugar mill, sugarcane farmers on Friday held a meeting at Shahzadpur grain market.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) spokesman Rajiv Sharma said, "Payments of around Rs 19 crore for the previous crushing season are still pending. The mill has announced that it will start operations for the next season between November 20 and 25, but we demand that the operations should start from the second week. If the season is delayed, farmers will get very less time to sow wheat. A mahapanchayat has been called on November 8 to decide the future course of action."

Last year, following repeated agitations over delay in payments, the government had taken control of the ailing private sugar mill and appointed deputy commissioner Ambala as the chairman of the mill while SDM Naraingarh supervised the season.

SDM Naraingarh Vaishali Sharma, who met the farmers on Friday, said, "We are trying to clear the dues on a regular basis. An amount of Rs 35.73 lakh was released on Thursday. The mill will start operations on November 20 and payment will also be cleared in due course. The mill is supposed to receive Rs 7.5 crore against power generation payment. We hope it will be done soon."



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