Lucknow, April 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that his government would extend all possible help to encourage and promote the sugar industry in the state and added that with this, the state government would also accord priority to the welfare and interests of the farmers so that the financial status of cane growers improves and new jobs are created at local level.
The Chief Minister was deliberating with office bearers of the Uttar Pradesh Sugar Mills Association about the problems faced by the sugar industry. He said that work has been initiated in the right earnest in clearing the arrears of the three crushing seasons to cane growers as a result of which approximately 95% payments have been processed.
He also expressed hope that those mill owners who have still not paid the dues would ensure that this was done at the earliest. The Chief Minister said that the price of the crop is paid to cane growers within 14 days at all costs. He also asked officials to ensure that changes are made in the present system of fixing of sugarcane prices and to study the policy for the same followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka and adopt their good and beneficial features in the state so as to benefit the cane growers.
Yogi Adityanath also said that the state government would provide all necessary facilities to establish new sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh. He also issued instructions that expeditiously work on establishing new sugar mills in Rasra, Sanjhapur, Pilibhit, Pipraich and Munderwa.
And with this, he added, work should also be started on expanding the capacity of existing private and other sugar mills. Yogi Adityanath with regards to the sale of sugar mills in 2011 said that they have not started functioning and this was causing problems to the farmers and that the state government would act on this issue.
The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to purchase the cane produce directly from the fields as this will enhance the recovery of the sugarcane and will also let the cane leaves be put to use. He also assured the sugar mill owners that the roads of the state will be much better soon as the state government had undertaken a drive to make all roads in the state pot-hole free by June 15.