16 April , New Delhi
Sugar growing states have demanded the Centre to raise the import duty on sugar from 25 per cent to 40 per cent.
13 sugar growing states who participated in the meeting convened by Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry to discuss the issues concerning sugarcane farmers, have made various demands.
Later talking to newsmen after the meeting in New Delhi Thursday , Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the States have suggested the government to keep 10 per cent of the total sugar production as a buffer stock and provide incentives on refined sugar.
Paswan said, that his Ministry will consider the suggestions of States in this regard and send a report to the Prime Minister’s Office for further action.
In reply to a question, Paswan said that he will recommend for raising the import duty on sugar to 40 per cent.
Concerned Ministries of the Department and representatives from the States including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu took part in the meeting.