The government has not taken any decision on the demand by industry to decontrol sugar pricing and remove the sweetener from the purview of Essential Commodities Act, Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Friday.
Indian Sugar Manufacturers Association and National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd have demanded decontrol of sugar, PDS sugar being procured from the open market and removal of the sweetener from purview of Essential Commodities Act, he said during Question Hour.
"Government has not taken a final view (on the demands)," he said.
ISMA and NFCSFL had also demanded that sugarcane price be related to realisation from sugar and direct realisation from by-product on a suitable formula and sugar be decontrolled and release mechanism be dispensed with.
Further there should be no stock holding limits on trade or bulk consumers, they had demanded.