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Sugar prices cross Rs 40/kg, states told to check hoarding

With retail sugar prices crossing Rs 40 per kg level, the Centre has directed state governments to impose stock holding limits on sugar traders to check hoarding and control price rise.

The stock holding limits are imposed under the Essential Commodities Act. It means traders cannot hold stocks beyond the limit specified by the state government.

“Keeping in view the sugar price trend, we have asked the state governments as a precautionary measure to impose stock holding limits on traders to check hoarding,” Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Sugar prices in retail markets have been rising since October 2015 due to estimates of lower production at 25.6 million tonnes for 2015-16 marketing year (October-September), as against 28.3 million tonnes in the previous year.

The prices crossed Rs 40 per kg since beginning of this month as compared to about Rs 30 per kg in October last year. At present, prices are ruling at Rs 44 per kg, according to the government data.
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