Islamabad, June 12 (BAN/ AD): Sugar mill owners have been ordered to pay dues by June 14 by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Justice Azmat Saeed headed three-member bench issued the orders. The total dues Brothers Sugar Mills have to clear stand at Rs678.9 million. Darya Khan sugar mills have to clear Rs57m and Pattoki Sugar Mills have to clear dues worth Rs591m.
As per SC order sugar mill owners should hand their cheques, issued in names of the deputy commissioners of corresponding districts, over to the sugarcane commissioner by Friday. The cheques will be handed over to deputy commissioners of the relevant districts by the commissioner. The court further said that in case the cheques are not submitted by Friday, the Advocate General's office should file an application on the matter in court.
Justice Azmat Saeed warned "If the commitment made with the court is not upheld, there will be dire consequences. It will not be good if the cheques bounce or do not arrive by Friday."
The court had fixed rate of Rs180 per 40kg for mills across the country to protect farmers from being exploited by sugar mill owners. Sugarcane growers in January had protested against government for failing to implement the Supreme Court’s order regarding dues of sugarcane price to the farmers.