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New Delhi: The centre on Friday ordered further import of 90,000 MT pulses including 40,000MT Masur, 20,000 MT Tur, 20,000 Desi Chana and 10,000 MT Urad for the buffer stock. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of Price Stabilization Fund chaired by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande.
With this order, the total import of pulses for buffer stock now stands 1, 76,000 MT. Domestic procurement of pulses has also reached 1,20,000 MT as on August 23,2016. The government agencies have been also been directed to gear up for domestic procurement for coming crop of pulses,said a PIB release. The meeting reviewed the procurement and distribution of pulses from buffer stock. So far about 40.000 MT have been allocated to the states. The Inter Ministerial Committee on prices of essential commodities also met on Friday to review availability and prices of essential commodities.. The meeting observed that prices of pulses have come down but have not reflected in retail, according to PIB release. It was of the opinion that states must be asked to take immediate action under Essential Commodes Act to ensure that decline in prices also reflected in retail also.