Sugarcane Farmers of Vellore Left in Lurch by Tamil Nadu Government
The sugarcane farmers of Vellore district in Tamil Nadu are yet to receive their dues from the sugar mills run by the state government. The amount due is Rs 78 crore, which has been pending since the last four years up to 2017-18.
The district is home to three sugar mills located in Vellore, Ambur and Tirupattur run under the cooperative system. Around 9,000 farmers are share holders in these three mills. The Vellore Co-operative Sugar Mills Limited owes Rs 28 crore to the farmers, while the Ambur and Tirupattur Co-operative Mills share the remaining amount.
The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) had interfered in the issue which resulted in the disbursal of Rs 3 crore each from the three sugar mills to the farmers. The Vellore district Secretary of AIKS, Sakthivel told NewsClick, “The government continues to neglect the interest of the sugarcane farmers. The pending amount is so huge that the farmers are struggling to continue farming. The AIKS has continuously taken up the demand of immediate disbursal of the dues to the farmers and will continue the fight till all the dues are paid to the farmers.”