PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Wednesday decided to bring amendments to the Sugar Factories Control Act 1950.
Sources aware of the development said that with the amendments the amount of fine over the sugar mills would be increased from Rs10,000 to Rs100,000. The amendments are aimed at resolving the problems of farmers in the crushing season and to ensure timely payments.
The amendments would be tabled before the provincial cabinet meeting, said sources.
In the month of July, Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered authorities to launch a crackdown against sugar mafia in light of the sugar inquiry commission report.
According to details, the PM had ordered Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch an investigation against sugar barons in light of the sugar inquiry commission report.
It is pertinent to mention that the federal cabinet had approved an action plan against “sugar mafia” back in June.