The Central government’s decision to provide more sugar at lower price has indeed come as a sweetener for this festive season. For the last few months, people have been suffering from inflation that threatened to dampen the festive spirit. Middle-class families are worst affected with the price rise be it rice, pulses, vegetables or even sugar.

The government’s decision on sugar will offer some relief as the prices have risen over 55 per cent. With the Ramzan, Dasara and Diwali festivals around the corner, the move will certainly enable families indulge in lip-smacking sweets without much worry about the prices.

M. SRINIVAS