The Centre on Wednesday directed all States and Union Territories to enforce weekly stock disclosure of pulses by all stock-holding entities and verify the stocks declared by them. Stocks in warehouses located in major ports and in pulses industry hubs should be verified from time to time and strict action should be taken on the stock-holding entities found to be reporting false information on stock disclosure portal, an official statement said.

Nidhi Khare, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, apprised the Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of State Consumer Affairs, Food & Civil Supplies Departments of the need for vigilance over the stock position and price trends in respect of pulses to prevent hoarding and market manipulation.

Apart from the five major pulses - tur, urad, chana, masur and moong - the States/UTs have been asked to monitor the stock position in respect of imported yellow peas.

Meet on imports, stocks

Khare also took a meeting with pulses importers associations and other pulses industry representatives to discuss issues relating to import and stock disclosure. The participants shared their views and inputs on pulses industry in general and imports in particular. The importers and industry players have been asked to religiously declare their stock of pulses, including imported yellow peas, every week. In this regard, the Department of Consumer Affairs has revamped the stock disclosure portal to include yellow peas and also big chain retailer as an entity which will be operational from 15th April, 2024.

The import of Yellow Peas has been allowed from 8th December, 2023 for a period till 30th June, 2024 to augment overall availability of pulses. Khare stressed the need to ensure that imported Yellow Peas are continuously released in the market. Similarly, stocks of tur, urad and masur with importers are to be monitored for smooth and continuous release in the market.