Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 25:
Sugarcane growers in Odisha’s Nayagarh and Boudh districts today threatened to launch an agitation, both in their districts and in the state capital, if the Nayagarh Sugar Complex Limited Company (NSCLC), which is yet to pay for the sugarcane supplied to it over the last two years, fails to clear their dues latest by July 15.
Nearly 10,000 sugarcane farmers of Dasapala, Khandapada, Sarankula, Nayagarh, Gania, Odagaon and 3000 farmers of Harabhanga of Boudh districts, who had supplied sugarcane to the factory in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 during the sugar processing months- that start from December and end in May – are still waiting for payment of their dues amounting to a total of Rs 13 crore, said Tapan Padhi, co-ordinator of Mission Justice in a press meet here today.
“The farmers are facing great difficulty in meeting their day to day expenses as they are yet to get any payment for the sugarcane supplied to the company over the last two years. Out of the pending amount of Rs 1.3 crore only Rs 1.5 lakh has so far been paid to the farmers,” said president of Sugarcane Growers Association, Dasapala, Nayagarh Jagannath Sahu, who was also present at the press meet.
“We have submitted our grievances to district collector, senior police officials, Odisha’s Governor, Odisha’s Chief Minister, State’s Chief Secretary, concerned minister on this but nobody has paid heed to our appeals for help and intervention, ” Sahu said.
Padhi said that due to inordinate delay in getting their dues, the sugarcane growers are not in a position to repay the loans they availed from different banks.
” The factory should pay their dues latest by July 15, failing which sugarcane growers from these districts would be forced to launch an agitation in their district headquarters as well as in front of the Assembly, ” Padhi warned.
” Some farmers, who are finding it hard to survive, have even threatened to commit suicide if the factory authorities delay the payment of dues any further. If that happens,the state government, police officials, district administration and factory officials will be held responsible,” Sahu said.