Taking a strict note of non-payment of dues to farmers by the state governments, a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to Punjab and Haryana.
Taking up a public interest litigation (PIL) by the Consortium of Indian Farmers’ Association, the high court issued a notice to Punjab and Haryana, along with cane commissioners of both the states, Punjab State Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited and Haryana State Cooperative Sugar Mills Federation Limited.
Terming it as “utmost urgent” matter, the division bench of justices SK Mittal and HS Sidhu fixed the date of hearing on May 8.
The petitioner said Rs 730 crore is payable to the farmers for the period between October 1, 2014 and April 15, 2015 by the sugar mills in Punjab. In Haryana, the sugar mills are yet to pay farmers more than Rs 900 crore.
The petition was filed against Punjab, but the court also impleaded Haryana as a party after it was apprised that dues of farmers in Haryana too have not been cleared.