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We will beat Brazil in sugar export

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 00:13 IST

IN THE last three years UP has attracted huge investments to the tune of Rs 82,000 crore by different industrial groups, claimed chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Development Council and national general secretary of Samajwadi Party Amar Singh here.

The government had also cleared the outstanding payment of Rs 20,000 crore of cane growers in the State which was an achievement, he added.

“Our target is to beat Brazil in sugar export”, he said and expressed hope that with the sugar mills of Birla group in eastern UP the State would achieve this goal.

He further predicted that the Samajwadi Party MPs would corner the Union government in the forthcoming Parliament session for not supplying gas to the Dadri power project in Ghaziabad. 

While presiding over the foundation stone ceremony of Birla Group’s New India Sugar Mills at Dadha Bujurg in Kushinagar district, Amar Singh revealed that he was once director at Govind Sugar Mills of Birla group and recalled those days with the Birla family.

He said the entrepreneurs and industrialists were not ready to invest in eastern UP due to poor infrastructure and claimed that with Birla group investing crores of rupees in this region, other industrialists too would come forward and invest in the region.

Singh said that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had expressed hope that this sugar mill would start functioning by next year.

Amar Singh said CMD Chandrashekhar Napani had assured to pay Rs 84 lakh daily to the cane growers for purchasing cane in this region. 

Making a comment on Sonia Gandhi, he said the Congress should remember that UP had given the country its first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, and also the youngest prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Congress leaders should restrict themselves from insulting the people of the State.

Amar Singh blamed Union Minister Murli Deura for creating hindrance in Dadri power project and claimed that UP had left behind Maharashtra in sugar production.

Delivering his views SP MP Mohan Singh said there were 14 sugar mills in Deoria and Padrauna, crushing 10,000 tonne sugar cane, while the new mill would crush 7,000 tonne cane per day. He also recalled the contribution of Ghanshyam Das Birla and his family members in the country’s freedom struggle.