Allahabad High Court
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The Allahabad High Court has asked Sugarcane Commissioner Sanjay Bhoosreddy whether his department has taken approval from the state government for deduction of interest payable on the outstanding cane price of farmers. The court said that if the approval is not taken, then this approval should be taken and the sugarcane farmers should be paid their interest. Justice Prakash Padia gave this order while hearing a contempt petition filed by BM Singh, convener of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan.
The contempt petition has been filed for compliance of the order passed by the High Court on 9 January 2014. Petitioner BM Singh said that the High Court had ordered the State Government to pay the interest within 3 weeks, which is not being complied with, on the other hand, by filing an affidavit on behalf of the Cane Commissioner, it was said that the farmers will get The decision regarding interest has been taken on March 25, 2019, according to which the profitable mills will pay interest at the rate of 12 percent, while the loss-making mills will pay the interest at the rate of 7 percent.
In response, BM Singh said that the sugarcane commissioner is being misled by repeatedly filing wrong affidavits. The reality is that the Cane Commissioner does not have the right to reduce the interest rate and this work cannot be done without the approval of the cabinet. On this, the court sought information whether the government has approved to reduce the interest rate. On which the counsel for the cane commissioner sought time to get the information. Giving time, the court has clarified that if the approval of the cabinet is not taken, then the approval should be taken and the payment should be made before the next hearing.
Petitioner VM Singh told the court that 47 lakh sugarcane farmers were to get thousands of crores of interest, none of them have received interest. VM Singh submitted an affidavit in front of the court and said that the District Cane Officer and Secretary of the committees attached a copy of the reply to the details of the outstanding interest of the farmers with the affidavit and told that one paisa of interest has not been paid and also the details of the outstanding interest. is not being given. The next hearing of the case will be on October 27.