In a crackdown over non-payment of over Rs 15-crore dues, the Kapurthala district administration has sealed the godowns of Wahid Sandhar Sugars Limited owned by Markfed chairman Jarnail Singh Wahid.
On orders of deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh, a team of officials of the Punjab excise, revenue, cooperative societies and food and civil supply departments along with local police and administrative officials sealed the godowns besides raw material stored at the Phagwara-based mill during a raid on Friday evening.
The DC said the action was taken after the state government decided recently to seal all seven private sugar mills owned by politically connected industrialists till they pay up Rs 223 crore they owe to the government and sugarcane growers. “We have sealed the godowns and carried out the required documentation,” he said.
Sources said the government had fixed the rate of cane at Rs 295 per quintal and mills owner had to pay Rs 245 per quintal to farmers and the remaining Rs 50 were to be paid by the government if the market sugar price was Rs 2,600 per quintal or less. In case of market price of Rs 3,000 per quintal or more, there was no provision for subsidy, which was ignored by the industrialists, leading to the dues.
The DC said a notice has been issued to recover the amount as “arrears of land revenue” under the Revenue Recovery Act.