THANJAVUR: While accusing two private sugar mills in Thanjavur of availing loans to the tune of Rs 350 crore from nationalized banks taking advantage of the ignorance of sugarcane farmers, the members of farmers association have sought a CBI inquiry to fix the culprits in the multi-crore scam. Both Thiru Arooran Sugars Limited and Sree Abmika Sugars Limited have arrears to the tune of Rs 32 crore due to hundreds of sugarcane farmers in the district. “The amount should have been disbursed before April 2018. However, the same has not been still paid,” farmers alleged.
This apart, both the private sugar mills authorities have got loan from nationalized banks such as State Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Bank of Baroda and ICICI banks upto Rs 350 crore, farmers alleged. “The sugar mill authorities have got signature on some documents from the sugarcane farmers fraudulantly, with the help of some agents. They have got the signature by stating some false information under the guise of disbursing arrears,” secretary of Thanjavur District Cauvery Farmers Protection Association Swamimalai S Vimalnathan said. “Despite repeated representations submitted to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, chief secretary, state secretaries for industries, agriculture, director of sugar corporation and the district collector, stating that a number of cane farmers have been cheated utilizing the ignorance of ryots, no action has been taken till now,” he alleged. “It has been decided, at a meeting convened in Kumbakonam on Sunday, to meet the President of India and the governor of Tamil Nadu to urge them for a CBI inquiry,” Vimalnathan said.