Payment due: BKU threatens to stall supply of sugarcane
Seeing poor condition of payment of outstanding cane arrears by private sugar mills, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) is anticipating huge amounts remaining due by end of this crushing session. On Monday, BKU leaders said, if payment situation was not improved within a week time farmers might consider stalling the supply of cane to private mills.
Despite repeated efforts from the Cane Development Department (CDD) and local administration, most of private sugar mills in the State have not paid cane arrears to farmers after December 15 while arrears payment within 14 days of supply was mandatory according to the Sugar Control Act in effect.
Meanwhile, the owners of private sugar mills have started urging the State Government to give them subsidy and grants under various heads as they could pay due arrears which has alerted farmer outfits.
Recently, a delegation of UP Sugar Mills Association (UPSMA) during a meeting with CM Akhilesh Yadav had complained about woes they were facing in payment of hiked State Advisory Price (SAP). The UPSMA delegation also asked the CM to instruct UPPCL for payment of outstanding electricity price.