Action on against hoarders, over 5,800 tonnes of pulses seized: Government

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) 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, an official statement said on Tuesday

The measures are mainly aimed at boosting supply and bringing down prices of tur dal that have shot up to Rs.200 per kg.

Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha on Tuesday 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.

The meeting 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.

According to the statement, over 5,800 tonnes of pulses have been 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 central government is closely monitoring the steps being taken against hoarders by state governments, the statement said: “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, licensed food processors and large departmental retailers, following the central government’s direction,” it said.

Meanwhile, Press Information Bureau (PIB) Director General Frank Noronha on Tuesday announced that many outlets in Delhi-NCR have started selling tur dal at Rs.120 per kg against current market price hovering Rs.200-220 per kg.

“400 outlets of #Safal and 100 outlets of #KendriyaBhandar in #Delhi/NCR have started selling #ToorDal at Rs. 120 per kg,” he tweeted.

“#States are also carrying out surprise inspections and raids to enforce #stock limits. Quantities have been seized in some states like #MadhyaPradesh, #Karnataka, #AndhraPradesh, #Telangana etc,” he said in a series of tweets.

Retail Tur dal prices have shot up to Rs. 200 per kg despite the government’s steps to boost supply and check prices, aggravating consumers’ woes. Till last week, it was available at Rs. 185 per kg in the retail market.

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