New Delhi: Action against hoarders and black-marketeers has been stepped up and the state governments have seized over 5,800 tonnes of pulses in five states over the last few months, reads an official statement issued yesterday by the Centre.
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The measures taken are aimed at boosting supply and bringing down prices of tur daal that have shot up to Rs 200 per kg.
Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha yesterday reviewed the prices, production, procurement and availability of pulses in a meeting with secretaries of consumer affairs, agriculture, commerce and other ministries, said the consumer affairs ministry statement.
He also reviewed the action taken by state governments to prevent hoarding of pulses, besides discussing about progress of sale of imported pulses at subsidised rates in Delhi and other states.
As per the issued statement, more than 5,800 tonnes of pulses were seized in five states: 2,549 tonnes from Telangana, 2,295 tonnes from Madhya Pradesh, 600 tonnes from Andhra Pradesh, 360 tonnes from Karnataka and 10 quintals from Maharashtra.
Stating that the Centre is closely monitoring the situation, the statement read: “All these measures are expected to improve supply of pulses and moderate prices. Besides de-hoarding measures, state governments have started withdrawing stock holding limit exemptions given to pulse importers, exporters, licenced food processors and large departmental retailers, following the Centre’s direction.”
2,295tonnes Madhya Pradesh
600tonnes Andhra Pradesh