Pawar denies charge over alleged sugar scam

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New Delhi, Mar 3: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has rejected Opposition claims over alleged scam in sugar imports.

Pawar faced allegations by the united opposition, particularly BJP and Left, during a short duration discussion on the rising prices in the Lok Sabha.

"Not a single kg of sugar was imported by the Government," Pawar said amid din which forced adjournment of the House for the third time during the day on issues related to fuel or food prices.

CPM member Brinda Karat alleged that state agencies have played a "dubious" role by not importing sugar and leaving it to the private trade.

Sugar prices in the last one year have more than doubled in the retail market and are currently ruling above Rs 43 a kg.

Pawar claimed that prices of some of the essential commodities like pulses, flour, potato and onion have declined.

Pawar said the government had raised the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat and rice by over 70 per cent in the last five years and some impact was unavoidable on inflation.

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