New Delhi, Feb 7: As sugar prices continue to rise, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's NCP on Sunday, Feb 7, offered a solution saying 'no one dies due to not eating sugar'.
In its mouthpiece 'Rashtravadi', the party has suggested that one should consume less sugar to keep the prices in check.
The article said, "Consuming too much of sugar can cause diabetes. 40-45 pc people suffer from diabetes at young age. Not consuming sugar won't kill anyone."
"Doctors say eating excess sugar and salt is akin to poison," the magazine, whose managing editor is NCP state unit president Madhukar Pichad, says in an editorial in its latest issue.
The article also said the total expenditure on sugar and food items is comparatively less -- around 10 pc to 12 pc.
"The expenditure is on cosmetics, vehicles, fuel, entertainment, hobbies and luxury items but no one says a word on rising prices of these items," it said.
Pawar has been under attack from the opposition, allies and a section of Congress over the rise in prices of food items.
Sugar has already touched Rs 42-43 a kg from about Rs 22 a kg a year ago.