Modi Cabinet okays Rs 3500 Cr subsidy to benefit 5 Cr sugarcane farmers, 5L sugar mill workers

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved assistance of about Rs. 3,500 crores for sugarcane farmers (Ganna Kisan) on Wednesday, 16th December. According to a press communication from the CCEA, there are currently close to five crore sugarcane farmers (Ganna Kisan) and their dependents in India. In addition to this, there are about five lakh workers employed in the sugar mills and ancillary activities, and their livelihood depends on the sugar industry.

The CCEA states that farmers sell their sugarcane to the sugar mills; however, the farmers are not getting their dues from the sugar mill owners as they have surplus sugar stock. To address this concern, the Government is facilitating the evacuation of surplus sugar stock. This will enable payment of dues of the sugarcane farmers. The Government will incur a cost of about Rs. 3,500 crore for this purpose and this assistance will be directly credited into farmers’ accounts on behalf of sugar mills against cane price dues. Subsequent balance, if any, will be credited to mill’s account.

This subsidy aims at covering expenses on marketing costs including handling, upgrading, and other processing costs and costs of international and internal transport and freight charges on export of upto 60 LMT of sugar limited to Maximum Admissible Export Quota (MAEQ) allocated to sugar mills for sugar season 2020-21.

This decision will benefit the five crore sugarcane farmers and their dependents, as well as the five lakh workers employed in the sugar mills and related ancillary activities, said the CCEA statement.

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