Besides continuing enforcement measures to check hoarding of pulses, state governments have taken proactive steps to make pulses available at reasonable prices. Distribution of pulses, especially of Tur dal has been taken up by a few states. The Centre had asked the states to have meeting with millers, wholesalers and retailers in their area to make pulses available in retail markets at reasonable prices.
As per reports received, in Gujarat millers have agreed to supply Tur dal at Rs. 135/kg, wholesalers will charge 1 percent commission and retailers will sell it at Rs 140 per kg, a Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a release.
In Jharkhand, in a meeting with Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce, Tur rates have been fixed as Rs 140/Kg for wholesale and Rs 145/kg for retails. While,in Chhattisgarh, one to two kg of Tur is being distributed at Rs. 120-140 per kg in 17 districts through 150 outlets.
In Uttarakhand Tur dal is being supplied in Dehradun, Haridwar, Udhamsing Nagar at Rs. 145 per kg. Instructions have been given to start distribution in others district also through public distribution system (PDS), the release said.
Some states have already taken up distribution of pulses through their PDS outlets. Both in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 1 kg of Tur dal is being distributed at Rs. 50 per kg for below poverty line and Antyodaya Anna Yojana families.
In the southern state of Tamil Nadu 1 kg of Urad and 1 kg of Lentils (Canadian) being distributed at Rs. 30 per kg for all. In Himachal, Chana and Masoor are being sold at Rs 50 /kg through PDS outlets.
These initiatives by States will help in keeping prices of pulses at affordable rates.