Nagpur: Former Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh today demanded that the Maharashtra government must immediately initiate process to distribute tur dal through the Public Distribution System (PDS) as the prices of this commodity have increased.

Deshmukh, who was the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies during the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, said the Democratic Front (DF) government had supplied tur dal through ration shops to about nine lakh beneficiaries as prices had jacked up at that time and citizens particularly the lower and middle class were most affected.

"The BJP-SS government should provide relief to the citizens on the eve of festival season and tur dal was being sold at Rs 200 per kg", Deshmukh claimed. "Similar problem was faced by the DF government as the price prevailed at Rs 90 per kg in those days," he added.

"DF govt immediately pumped supply of one lakh metric tonnes of tur dal to overcome the crisis", he claimed. "The DF government supplied tur dal at Rs 55 per kg to ration card holders of Antodaya, APL and BPL category which was a great relief to the citizens", he claimed.