Despite the government’s call for discussion to address the demand of sugarcane farmers, the farmers have refused. He rejected the talks, saying the government’s earlier commitment to settle the arrears from the sugar industry had not been fulfilled.
According to the previous loan agreement, the farmers have not been able to get the payment for sugarcane yet and they will return home immediately if the arrears are paid. Rakesh Mishra, Patron of Sugarcane Farmers’ Struggle Committee Sarlahi, said that he was not against the talks and was ready to return home as soon as the farmers were paid.
“Last year, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies promised to pay the arrears to the farmers immediately, but it did not materialize. In this case, the farmers do not believe that they will get the money they deserve,” he said.
He said that they have verbally requested the government to pay the dues of the agitating farmers from the state treasury. “If the government pays all the dues to the farmers from the state treasury, we will return home,” he said. He says he is ready to do it.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry has stated that it is ready to address the issues raised by the sugarcane farmers but it is not ready for the discussion. Joint Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Narayan Regmi said that sugarcane farmers have been repeatedly called for discussions to solve the problem. “We have called them (sugarcane farmers) for talks,” he said. “Farmers have not come for talks.”