A number of questions on India's sugar policies have been raised in the WTO Committee on Agriculture from time to time by various members including the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and Russia, Union Minister C R Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He said that recently, Australia submitted a communication to WTO on India's measures to provide market price support (MPS) to sugarcane, stating that New Delhi has provided this support vastly in excess of the limits allowable under the global trade rules.
In November 27 meeting of WTO Committee on Agriculture, India informed the members that various measures have been taken to address the concerns related to unpaid sugarcane dues of farmers and the liquidity crisis affecting sugar mills.
Replying to a separate question, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry said an inter-ministerial group set up on the outflow of royalty has submitted its report which is under consideration of the government.
Royalty is paid to a foreign collaborator for transfer of technology, usage of brand or trademarks.
In April last year, a surge in royalty outflow prompted the government to set up a panel to analyse payment norms and see whether there is excessive payout by Indian companies to foreign collaborators.
Replying to a separate question on e-commerce, the minister said National Consumer Helpline (NCH) has been set up by the Department of Consumer Affairs to receive complaints from consumers.
During AprilNovember this year, the NCH has received as many as 68,506 grievances in the e-commerce sector as against 78,562 in 2017-18, he said.
Out of 68,506 grievances, 33,612 redressal were received and the number was 48,043 in 2017-18.
The minister also said that there is no proposal at present for setting up a regulator for e-commerce.