Govt should resolve issues faced by sugar industry: Congress, JD(U)

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 30 2013, 10:04am hrs
With sugarcane growers up in arms in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh seeking a better price and the sugar industry wanting a package, Congress and JD(U) on Friday demanded immediate intervention of the government and sought a halt to the import of raw sugar.

The government must take a quick decision on sugar. Import of raw sugar should be stopped and export of sugar should be opened up and incentivised, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said. At prevailing prices, sugar industry is not sustainable. GOI must act quickly and decisively, he said in two tweets.

Expressing serious concern over the decision of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) an organisation of mill owners not to run their factories, JD(U) MP KC Tyagi said that if they do not start running them by December 4, the government should acquire and run the sugar mills. Tyagi said that a sum of R3,000 crore is due on sugar mills on which the mill owners are silent.

JD(U) demands that the GoM set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should try to resolve the problem by talking to representatives of sugarcane farmers as well. If mill-owners throw tantrums in running the mills after December 4, the government should acquire the sugar mills and run them, he said.