Sugarcane farmers yet to recover due payments



Even though two weeks have passed since the inked an agreement with the to end their protest, they are still struggling to get their dues cleared.

The government and Sugarcane Farmers Struggle Committee had reached an agreement that their dues would be cleared within 21 days and that the farmers would end their protest.

However, except for two , others have stopped transferring to farmers’ accounts after they halted their protest on December 28 after almost three weeks.

Basically ignoring the government’s direction to clear all outstanding dues of the farmers within the given 21 days, a few industries have again gone out of contact.

As per the Ministry of , Commerce and Supplies, and Indira Sugar Mills have stopped clearing their dues to the farmers. Earlier, Annapurna Sugar Mills had committed to deposit Rs 10 million per day to the farmers’ account.

However, Annapurna Sugar Mills has so far paid only Rs 50 million out of Rs 220 million it owed, while Indira Sugar Mills has cleared just Rs three million out of Rs 50 million in due , said Manish Mishra, one of the sugarcane farmers from the struggle committee.

“The day after the death of one of our friends, Rs 160 million was paid at once, but since then, Annapurna and Indira Sugar mills have gone o

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