Lahore High Court Orders Owners to Open Sugar Mills by Dec 22

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered the registration of cases against the sugar mills owners who would not made their mills operational by December 22.

The court also sought a report from concerned authorities in this regard.

Justice Muhammad Sajid Mehmood Sethi passed these orders while hearing a petition filed by Ameer Jamat-e-islami Punjab Mian Maqsood Ahmad.

During the proceedings, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that under the law, sugar mill owners were bound to start crushing season from October but despite passing a period of
two months, the sugar mills were not being made operational.

He said that sugarcane growers were facing loss due to delay in start of crushing season.

He further submitted that due to failure in harvesting sugarcane on time, sowing of wheat would be delayed and it might cause food shortage and other problems.

Cane Commissioner Punjab Sana Ullah also appeared in the court on being summoned and submitted that sugar mills were not being made operational despite serving show cause notices by the government.

At this, the court ordered to register cases against the mill owners who would not made their mills operational by Dec 22.

The court also sought a report regarding payment to the farmers at the rate of Rs 180 per mund.

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