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Import of 30,000 MT pulses approved

The Government has decided to import further 30,000 MT pulses, consisting of 20,000 MT tur and 10,000 MT Urad, for the buffer stock. 
•    The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of Price Stabilization Fund chaired by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Shri Hem Pande. 
•    The meeting reviewed the procurement and distribution of pulses from buffer stock.
•    So far, the Government agencies have procured about 1, 19, 572 MT pulses from the domestic market and farmers and 56,000 MT pulses have been contracted for import. 
•    Thus 1, 75, 572 MT pulses are available with the buffer stock.
•    The Department of Consumer Affairs has requested State Governments repeatedly to lift the pulses Tur and Urad from the buffer stock for distribution not more than Rs. 120/kg. 
•    These pulses are provided to the States– Tur at the rate of Rs. 67/kg and Urad at the rate of Rs. 82/kg. 
•    On the request of the State Governments, over 29,000 MT pulses have been allocated to the states as on 01.08.2016 but only 3 states have lifted some quantities against their allotments.