Published On: Fri, Mar 27th, 2015

Harish Rawat writes letter to PM asking special package for sugarcane farmers

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Dehradun:

Harish Rawat, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand apprised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the problems being faced by sugarcane farmers through a letter.

He requested that in order to solve the problem of sugarcane farmers, a special package of Rs 5000 crore must be given. CM Rawat said that the state of sugar mills is pitiable since there is a major gap in the cost of producing a bag of sugar and the price in the market. Due to this, the sugarcane farmers are also not being paid on time.

Owing to this, the state government has introduced relaxation in commission to sugarcane committee, end of fee to mandi committee on Baigas as well as entry fee have been called off.

In the crushing season 2014-15, the state sugar mills have crushed 271.58 lakh quintal of sugar until 7th March 2015.

Out of the pending Rs 752.58 crore pending amount for the sugarcane, Rs 263.54 crore have been paid. The amount of Rs 489.98 is still pending. The Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that the present sugarcane mills are not in a position to pay up the sugarcane price with their present resources.

By the end of crushing season, the sugar mills will be left to pay Rs 500 crore. Due to bad financial condition of the sugar mills, they could not even carry out repairing and maintenance in the recent crushing seasons. Thus it is evident that the sugar mills will not be able to clear the debts on time which will infuriate the sugarcane farmers and might threaten the law and order of the state.

Hence, he has appealed to the PM to allot a special package of Rs 500 crore to the state for welfare of sugarcane farmers.

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