Many sugar mills may not qualify for Centre's cane price assistance -TV Jayan
-The Hindu Business Line
Did not meet stockholding conditions in February, March
New Delhi: Nearly 40 per cent of the sugar mills in the country may not be able to take advantage of the recently-announced financial assistance package by the Centre.
This is because many in the sector, which is reeling under a supply glut, may not fulfil an important eligibility condition.
Sop with a rider
Acting upon a recommendation made by a Group of Ministers, which consisted of Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, the Cabinet on May 2 decided to give farmers an assistance of ?55 per tonne of sugarcane crushed during the current sugar season to bring down mills’ dues to farmers.
Even though the assistance is to be given to farmers directly and adjusted from the arrears to be paid by sugar mills, the government said that such sop would be available to only those qmills that have complied with all directives of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) during the season.
One of them was a directive in February on sugar stocks held by mills.
The notification meant to arrest falling sugar prices, asked mills to hold on to 83 per cent of stock they had by January 31 through February; and at end of March 86 per cent of the stock they held as on February 28. In a letter to the DFPD Secretary on May 11, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has said many sugar mills were not in a position to comply with this condition.
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