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Punjab DCs directed to inspect sugar mills to check ‘off the book’ purchases

LAHORE: Sugar mills in Punjab are purchasing sugarcane from the growers on ‘off the book’ by violating the rules and regulations, ARY News reported, citing sources. 

Sources privy to the development said that the cane commissioner Punjab has directed the deputy commissioners of all the districts to inspect the sugarcane procurement being carried out by the sugar mills in their respective localities to snub the practice of ‘off the book’ purchase.

“The ‘off the book’ purchases will harm the provincial government financially”, the sources added.

Some growers complain ‘off the book’ purchases by the sugar millers or middlemen despite clear cut directives by the provincial government for keeping the accounts of all the sale and purchase.

The cane commissioner has directed to take legal action against the millers violating the Punjab Sugar Factories Act 1950.

The government has fixed the minimum price for a maund of sugarcane at Rs200 for the current crushing season.

Read more: Sugar mills to pay cane growers via banks in Punjab

Earlier in the month of September, the government of Punjab mandated the sugar millers to carry out their transactions to sugarcane growers via banks in order to avoid complications that may lead to exploitation of the farmers.

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