SSS files petition in HC for SMP payment to farmers

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Kolhapur, Dec 21 (UNI) The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), led by MLA Raju Shetty, has filed a petition in the Bombay High Court to get statutory minimum price (SMP) for farmers from the sugar factories for 2007-2008 cane crushing season.

Mr Shetty, while talking to UNI today, said the petition has been filed for ensuring Enforcement Act (1966) and payment of SMP to farmers.

He informed that as a member of Datta Cooperative Sugar Factory, Shirol and SSS leader, he has filed the petition, whose hearing will commence in the first week of January, 2008.

So far, the farmers have not received the SMP on time and we complained to the District Collector and State Government regarding this but, no justice was provided to the farmers, hence we approached the High Court to get one time payment of SMP without any curtailment in it, he pointed out.

He himself is plaintiff in the petition, which has been filed against Pune Sugar Commissioner, Kolhapur Sugar Joint Director, and Maharashtra Government.

Even after about one and half month, none of the sugar factories have paid SMP to farmers expressing their inability due to declining sugar prices.

About 10 to 15 sugar factories out of 35 sugar factories in Kolhapur and Sangli district have announced to pay Rs 650 as the first installment for per tonne of cane for 2007-2008 crushing season, but no payment was released to the farmers.

UNI

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