Most importantly, Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar expressed his displeasure over being “kept in the dark” about the ban and asked for its reversal. Imagine, the decision to ban export of an agricultural product was taken without the knowledge of the Union Agriculture Minister! This was because the ban was imposed by the DGFT, which comes under the Commerce Ministry. The mess has been in the making for last two years with frequent changes in decisions on cotton exports. Exports were restricted in May 2010, then allowed again in August 2010, but their registration permissions were shifted from the textile commissioner’s office to DGFT in October 2010. This led to imposition of export ceilings for cotton by the commerce ministry.