Nearly 60 sugar factories across Maharashtra have found themselves in the dock for their failure to make fair and remunerative price payments to farmers.
As of November 30, 2015, the arrears have touched Rs 1,251 crore for the ongoing season, top officials of the Maharashtra Sugar Commissionerate said. Notices have been issued to nearly 11 factories by regional joint directors of the commissionerate across the state.
While some of the RJDs attached to the Commissionerate have swung into action issuing notices in their respective districts, the State Sugar Commisisonerate is expected ot take a call on this issue in a couple of days. So far around four factories have deposited around Rs 25.31 crore into bank accounts of farmers. These factories have fixed the first installment of FRP as Rs 1,500 per tonne, an issue over which farmer organisations in the state have threatened an agitation.
According to sugar commissioner Vipin Sharma, it is binding on the factories to make FRP payments to farmers on completion of a fortnight of crushing operations. We will soon take a call on this issue and issue notices to erring factories, he said.
Around 60-70 factories find themselves in this list, senior officials said. Notices have been sent by regional director (sugar) Shashikant Ghorpade to eight factories in Solapur, two in Pune and one in Satara district. More notices are likely next week, the official said.