New Delhi: The Centre has decided to import further 30,000 tonne pulses for the buffer stock. Of this, 20 thousand tonne will be Tur and 10 thousand Urad. The decision was taken in a meeting of Price Stabilization Fund chaired by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande in New Delhi yesterday.
The government agencies have also procured about 1.19 million tonnes of pulses from the domestic market, official sources said.
"The department of Consumer Affairs has requested state governments repeatedly to lift the pulses Tur and Urad from the buffer stock for distribution at not more than Rs 120/kg. Tur is being provided to the state at the rate of Rs 67/kg and Urad at Rs 82/kg," a source said.
Over 29,000 tonnes of pulses were allocated to the states as on August 1, 2016 but only three states have lifted some quantities against their allotments.
The Centre had last month urged states to remove all local taxes and consider capping the prices of pulses, edible oils and other essential commodities to help make these available at "reasonable prices".