Sugarcane farmers paid dues on time, says Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minster for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Monday sugar cane growers have been ensured timely payment of their dues this time on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The minister in a tweet said sugar cane farmers in Sindh and Punjab were paid full price of their yield in a timely manner after a long time, which directly benefited them as they now have resources for next crop.

Earlier, on Feb 28, a Sindh High Court bench had heard sugar mills owners petition against the new sugarcane price set by the Sindh government.

The provincial government had fixed the price of commodity at Rs182 per 40 kilograms. The mills owners had challenged the new price in a petition filed in December calling the price unviable for the millers.

The counsel of the sugar mills owners argued before the bench that notification of the sugarcane price was issued without approval of the government. He contended that according to the Supreme Court’s interpretation the government means the cabinet and the sugarcane price was notified without approval of the provincial cabinet.

The Additional Advocate General said that the high court had ordered the government to fix the price of the commodity. The government counsel said that under the rules of business the secretary has authority to take decision.

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