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Cotton export ban referred to GoM

The Indian Textiles Ministry on Tuesday referred the ban on cotton exports to a Group of Ministers, after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took strong objection to the decision with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining that he was "kept in dark" over the issue.

     Last Updated: March 6, 2012  | 22:17 IST

The Indian Textiles Ministry on Tuesday referred the ban on cotton exports to a Group of Ministers, after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took strong objection to the decision with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining that he was "kept in dark" over the issue.

In a hurriedly called press conference, Textiles Secretary Kiran Dhingra said, the decision will be put before the GoM for review and consultation. The GoM, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, will meet on March 9.

Besides, in April 2010, the GoM had given a direction to maintain 50 lakh bales stock.

Earlier in the day, Pawar said, "They (Commerce and Textiles ministries) kept me in the dark. I came to know about this only after a notification was issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) Monday."

Pawar has raised the issue with the Prime Minister demanding that the ban be revoked.

"While taking such a decision, it is always proper to discuss it in Cabinet Committee on Prices or in Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs as is done with wheat, rice, sugar. So I have raised this issue with the Prime Minister.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has also written to the Prime Minister seeking revocation of the export ban.

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