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After failing to attract any bidders, the auction of the Bhagwanpura sugar mill was postponed for the second time in a row. The auction has been postponed to October 10, the judge of the Duri district said.
Although several interested parties showed up for the auction, they did not bid, sources said. Sources revealed that the period from September 10 to 25 is considered unfavorable for making any new purchases, which could make interested parties hesitant to make any offers.
The mill owes sugarcane farmers Rs 7.82 crore from 2020, prompting the order to hold the auction. However, the mill has returned Rs 1.01 crore to the farmers and now owes Rs 6.82 crore. The first date for the auction was set for September 14, which was postponed after excise department officials said the mill had a tax liability of over Rs 40 crore.
Meanwhile, the farmers have been sitting on dharna since September 14 inside the mill. Two farmers took turns climbing up the chimney of the mill as a sign of protest.
“The factory management is just buying time from the district authorities, which is delaying the auctions,” said Avtar Singh Thari, a member of the Hanna Sangrash Dhuri committee.
“Farmers come from different villages of Sangrur, Malerkotla, Barnala and Haryana to sit in the dharna… it costs them fuel expenses… our expenses for food, mattresses, table fans, drinking water etc. are spent on organizing the day and night dharna while they make our payments in installments without paying interest.”