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Day after mills fell in line,govt set to drop FIRs

Most of 99 private sugar mills fire boilers,start cane crushing next week

A day after private sugar mills in UP agreed to start crushing cane,the district magistrates have suspended action on FIRs lodged against sugar industrialists and are mooting expunging these FIRs once the factories begin operation.

Most of the 99 private sugar mills have fired their boilers and started issuing indent for cane crushing set to begin next week.

Confirming the move adopted by mill owners,Additional Commissioner,Sugar,N P Singh said the “crushing is expected to begin on December 8”.

“As on Monday,a total of 31 mills,including 22 cooperative mills,one belonging to the corporation and eight private mills,are crushing cane.”

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In Muzaffarnagar alone,six FIRs were lodged in a couple of weeks. “Barring one,all remaining six factories have provided their indent and are ready to start crushing from December 7. We are not taking any action as of now and will observe the situation until the end of this week,after which we will expunge the FIRs,” said Kaushal Raj Sharma,District Magistrate,Muzaffarnagar.

In Basti,where FIRs were lodged against three mill owners,the factories have fired the boiler and provided their indents,said basti DM,Anil Kumar Damely. “As of now,action into the FIRs is suspended. Once the factories start crushing cane,we will reconsider the FIRs,” he said.

Meanwhile,at least 53 private sugar mills have given dates for commencement of sugar crushing operations by the end of this week. Eleven sugar factories in various districts are expected to start crushing by Thursday while another 11 by Friday,whereas 25 more will commence operations on Saturday,said Dr Bhupendra Singh Bisht,Chief Publicity Officer,Cane Commissioner’s Office.

“Sugar mills of Unn and Shamli,belonging to Rajat Lal group,today cleared arrears of Rs 5.5 crore. Now,the outstanding is Rs 2,312 crore. So far,30.66 lakh quintal of cane has been purchased,of which 28.22 lakh quintal has been crushed to produce 2.11 lakh quintal of sugar. As of now,the recovery from cane is less at 7.48 per cent,” Bisht said.