The Centre on Tuesday revoked the export of 10,000 tonnes of sugar to European Union after the BJP attacked it for being insensitive to soaring prices in the domestic market due to shortage.
A week after allowing the export, the commerce ministry “rescinded” with immediate effect its order of February 15.
“Allocation of 10,000 MT of white sugar for export to European Union for the fiscal year 2009-10... stands withdrawn,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade said.
The order comes on a day when the united opposition
parties tried to corner the Centre in Parliament on price rise.
Sugar prices have more than doubled since January 2009. It is selling at Rs 43-Rs 45 a kg in Delhi even after the Centre’s measures like duty free imports to check prices.
The Centre was criticised after it allowed sugar export to EU countries. “The government’s decision... shows complete lack of coordination among its departments,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy had said.
The food ministry had clarified that the EU was providing a concessional sugar market for many years up to a specified quota and it needed to be protected.
“...by not discharging/availing of this quota, India may lead the European Commission to reduce quantities of import quota from India which may not be in country’s interest,” the ministry said.