Lucknow, Dec 5 (UNI) Sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh owe Rs 1229.94 crore as dues to sugarcane farmers, the state legislative assembly was informed today.
Raising the issue during Question Hour, BJP member Hukum Singh alleged that a nexus between sugar mill owners and the state government was hampering payment of dues to cane farmers.
In his reply, state Sugarcane Development Minister Nasimuddin Siddiqui said the state government was making all out efforts to ensure timely payment to cane growers. ''Dues are expected to be cleared shortly,'' he said adding that recovery notices (RCs) have been issued to 64 private sugar mills for nonpayment.
He claimed that efforts were on to sell public sector sugar mills to private players, while an assessment was on to reduce the losses of mills in the co-operative sector. He said while total accumulated losses in public sector sugar mills were pegged at Rs 170 crore, they were estimated at Rs 1881 crore in the co-operative sector.
Not satisfied with the reply, BJP members staged a walk out from the House.