Gaurav Gupta, New Delhi
The sugar mess in Uttar Pradesh is of the states own making. Instead of Sugar-coating bad policies (FE, November 28), the government should be able to formulate policies that are innovative and progressive without causing any new drain on the economy or harm to the economy. The present crisis arises because of the high state advised price to please farmers. It has been rightly pointed out by Ashok Gulati, the chairman of CACP, that the Centre should stay away from the UP sugar mess (FE, November 28). The Uttar Pradesh government should bear the difference of the price between the state advised price and the remunerative free price. It may apply to other states as well.
Jacob Sahayam Thiruvananthapuram
No temporary medicine
Apropos of the editorial Sugar-coating bad policies (FE, November 28), the Uttar Pradesh governments endeavour to rescue the sugarcane farmers and mill-owners by any loan package seems tentative and electoral-gain-oriented one. The permanent solution lies in completely decontrolling the sugar sector, so that equilibrium and flexible prices could be fixed which will not pinch the cost and revenue structure of the mill-owners and the sugarcane growers. The state advised price is the factor that is creating all the problem and a temporary solution of any nature will aggravate the problem. Complete decontrol alone can bring about transparency among the stakeholders.