About a dozen states have placed demand of nearly 93,000 tonnes of arhar and urad pulses with the Centre to sell them at cheaper rate and to tame the spiralling prices. Haryana and Karnataka are yet to put their specific demand, though they have shown interest to get pulses from the buffer stock that the Central government has created.
So far government has procured 1.16 lakh tonnes of pulses from the domestic market and has imported little over 14,000 tonnes. Contracts for another 32,000 tonnes have been made. “We have allotted about 10,200 tonnes of pulses to some of the states. So, we have enough to meet the immediate requirement of all of the states that have placed their demands. The release will be in tranches over the next four months,” said a government official.
The consumer affairs ministry is monitoring the prices of pulses and other essential commodities on daily basis with all agencies concerned.
The consumer affairs ministry has asked states to take necessary steps to ensure that arhar and urad is not sold beyond Rs 120 a kg and chana is sold at not more than Rs 60 per kg. “Once we get more pulses through imports, we will be in a position to meet the demand,” a consumer affairs ministry official said.
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