Food minister KV Thomas on Thursday said the government is likely to take a decision on decontrolling the sugar industry before the Budget.
His ministry has proposed unshackling of the industry from decades-old control in what is being billed as a major reform initiative.
The sugar industry sells 10 per cent of its output to the government at state-determined prices for sale through public distribution system.
The government also determines the quantity of sugar that mills can sell in the open market on a quarterly basis to check hoarding and to keep supplies steady.
The food ministry, in a note circulated among ministries, has proposed dispensing with the regulatory release mechanism and abolishing the levy system.
Asked if the Centre would take a decision in this regard before the budget, Thomas said “most probably.”