Agri Business

Centre to distribute subsidised pulses through post offices

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 14, 2016

Come Diwali, and you may well see the postman carrying a bag of pulses for you on order.

For, the Centre has decided to use the postal network for distribution of subsidised pulses during the festival season which has already begun.

A decision to this effect was taken here on Friday by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on prices of essential commodities, headed by Consumer Affairs Secretary Hem Pande.

The committee reviewed the availability and prices of essential commodities, especially pulses, and suggested that in the absence of government outlets in the States, postal networks should be used for distribution, an official release said.

However, the modalities for the same are yet to be worked out.

The meeting also decided to release more chana from the buffer stock to ensure availability of these commodities at reasonable prices during ongoing festival season, the release said.

Friday’s meeting also reviewed procurement arrangements of kharif pulses by government agencies. It was informed that so far 500 procurement centres have been opened and farmers are being paid through check or bank transfer instantly.

The government has set up procurement target of 50,000 tonnes for current kharif pulses. Last month, the Cabinet had raised the buffer stock limit to 20 lakh tonnes to be built through domestic procurement and imports of 10 lakh tonnes each at the cost of ₹18,500 crore to check price rise and availability of pulses.

Expressing concern over the gap between wholesale and retail prices of pulses, the Centre had said that it was considering invoking the Essential Commodities Act to impose price limit.

For instance, arhar wholesale was selling at ₹111/kg but was being sold at ₹119 at the retail level, urad wholesale was ₹122/kg, but retail price was ₹130.

Published on October 14, 2016
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