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Sitamarhi: Transportation subsidy provided to sugarcane farmers of Sitamarhi, will continue in current year: Bihar CM

PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said that the transportation subsidy provided to the sugarcane farmers of Sitamarhi district for carrying their sugarcanes to other sugar mills than the closed Riga sugar mill, would continue for the current 2021-22 marketing year (October-September).
Chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the sugarcane industries department at ‘Sankalp’ hall of the CM residence here, the CM asked the officials to continue the transportation subsidy in the current marketing year, like the previous year, so that the sugarcane farmers of Sitamarhi do not face any kind of inconvenience in transporting their canes to other sugar mills.
“Last year, the state government decided to provide transportation subsidy to the sugarcane farmers of Sitamarhi district after management of their nearest Riga sugar mill announced that it would not be operating the mill due to some disputes with its workers. Consequently, the state government decided to compensate the extra transportation charges the farmers would bear in carrying their canes to other sugar mills located in the neighbouring districts,” state’s sugarcane industries minister Pramod Kumar told TOI over phone.
“Three mills in neighboring districts eg Gopalganj and East Champaran have been asked to purchase the sugarcane of Sitamarhi farmers after the closure of Riga sugar mill,” a department official said.
Reviewing the progress under different schemes, Nitish also said that his government had been consistently working for the betterment of sugarcane farmers. He said several steps were taken for the welfare and betterment of sugarcane farmers since the financial year 2006-07. Nitish came into power in November, 2005.
The CM also said that the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of sugarcane was increased several times in the previous years. The government also provided sugarcane price grants. The sugarcane industries were promoted to increase production of sugarcane in the state, he said.
Nitish further said that the state government also provided concessions to the sugar mills in the zonal development council (ZDC) commission.
“Around four months back, the state cabinet approved a proposal to reduce the ZDC commission that is to be paid by the sugar mills on the purchase of sugarcane during the 2021-22 cane crushing season. The ZDC commission was reduced from 1.80% to 0.20% as part of an economic package for the sugar mills,” a department official told TOI on Saturday.
To a question, the sugarcane industries minister said of the total 11 sugar mills in Bihar, two mills -Riga and Sasmusa – are currently closed, the rest nine are operating in the current crushing season.
Earlier, the sugarcane industries secretary N Sarvana Kumar made a detailed presentation before the CM on the works being executed by the department.
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