India has recenlty received 11,000 MT Tur (pigeonpea) and 2,000 MT Urad imported pulses. The country is further expected to get 6,000 MT more imported pulses very soon. Besides the import of 38,500 MT pulses, the Government agencies have procured 51,000 MT Kharif and 60,000 MT Rabi pulses so far.
This was informed during the inter-ministerial committee meeting held to review prices of essential commodities in New Delhi today. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Consumer Affairs, Hem Pande.
The State governments have been urged repeatedly to seek allocation of pulses from the buffer stock to sell at reasonable prices which should not be more than Rs. 120 /kg. Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Telangana have been allocated some quantity on receiving their requests. Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Telangana are reportedly further subsidising to check the prices in the retail market.
In Delhi, Kendriya Bhandar and Safal have been allocated pulses to sell through their outlets. So far 635.31 quintals Tur and 245 quintals Urad have been sold by these agencies at Rs 120/kg.