The deadline CM Akhilesh Yadav had set for private sugar mills of western UP to start crushing sugarcane came to an end Monday with only one mill relenting to instructions.
Akhilesh has now called yet another meeting with the industrialists on Tuesday after the meeting between the representatives of the sugar industry and the CM,held on Sunday remained inconclusive.
The industry is not ready to pay more than Rs 225 per quintal of cane to farmers and has refused to start operations. The CM had,on November 11,instructed that all mills of Meerut,Saharanpur and Moradabad division should start crushing by November 25. He had also warned of strict action. However,as deadline ended only one private sugar mill started crushing cane.
We are waiting for a few more days. We hope the mills will either start crushing or submit their indent for cane soon. However,if the fail to do so,we may take action against all the erring mills, said Subhash Chand Sharma,Cane Commissioner,Uttar Pradesh. Sharma said a private mill belonging to Wave Group in Bijnor started crushing on Sunday.
The industry has been demanding a linkage between cane and sugar prices. Keeping the industrys demand in view,the state government had earlier this month declared the State Advised Price (SAP) for cane at Rs 280 per quintal for general variety,which is the same as last years. Yet,the industry,claiming to be in precarious condition,has abstained from crushing the cane.