The Government has decided to use postal network for distribution of subsidised pulses and to release more Chana from buffer stock to ensure availability of these commodities at reasonable prices during ongoing festival season. The decisions were taken in the Inter Ministerial Committee on prices of essential commodities headed by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Hem Pande in New Delhi. The committee reviewed availability and prices of essential commodities, especially pulses and suggested that in the absence of Government outlets in the states, postal networks should be used for the distribution.
The committee also reviewed the procurement arrangements of Kharif pulses by Government agencies. It was informed that so far 500 procurement centres have been opened and farmers are being paid through checks or bank transfers. The Government has set up procurement target of 50,000 MT for current Kharif pulses.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture; Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Commerce, Revenue, MMTC, NAFED among various state agencies.