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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The leading names of the sugar industry have left the UP government in a spot of bother.

Sugar mills owned by nine top notch companies such as Bajaj, Birla, Modi group and the late liquor baron Ponty Chadda-led ‘Wave group’ account for over  Rs 5000 crores, more than half of the total outstanding cane arrears in the country.

The reports of the cane development department revealed by an English daily, show that these sugar biggies are the country’s biggest laggards in making cane payments.

After buying cane in huge quantity from farmers, the private mills have come to default on a payment of over Rs 5100 crores, reported The Times of India.

Bajaj alone is defaulting on a payment of Rs 2100 crores, while Birla is yet to pay Rs 520 crores. Mawana group which has three mills is defaulting on a payment of Rs 611 crores, while the Modi group owes around Rs 460 crores to the farmers. The Yadu group, owned by mafia turned politician, DP Yadav, is defaulting to the tune of Rs 62 crores.

Out of a total of 103, 40 mills belonging to  these companies are defaulting massively and have left the poor cane growers in a state of complete loss.

“The department would be considering action against the defaulters very soon”, said UP cane commissioner Subhash Chandra Sharma.

Earlier a recent high court order had directed the state government to force 75 per cent of the total cane dues paid to the farmers by July 15.

An action report is required to be filed by the cane department by July 28.

Talking about the steps undertaken to bring the defaulters to book Sharma said, “The department is taking all possible steps including initiating action like registering FIRs and issuing recovery challans against the millers.”

“The payment is being done but very slowly. Not surprisingly, an arrear running into thousands of crores would be carried into the next crushing season which would start by October end”, Sharma said while commenting on the progress made thus far.

According to recent figures from the Centre’s directorate of sugar shows that nationally UP accounts for the highest cane arrears while Maharashtra comes a close second.

The lower arrears for Maharashtra in comparison to UP are attributed to a lesser compensation for farmers.

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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