New Delhi, July 12: The government set up a panel to view upon the issue of shortage of pulses in the country on Monday. The panel decided to create long term strategies on the problem of less availability of pulses in the nation. The committee will submit the reports by two weeks. It will also consider reasonable hike in minimum support price of pulses and also bonus for the farmers. The committee will be headed by Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian.
This decision was taken at a meeting in New Delhi which was chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who reviewed the availability of pulses and their prices. There will be hike in the buffer stock of pulses from 8 lakh to 20 lakh tonnes as per the decision. It also came into the light that pulses production this year is expected to reach 200 lakh tonnes mark and it will significantly increase its availability in the domestic market.
“The Union government has set up a panel to chalk out a long-term strategy to tackle pulse shortage. The government has raised size of pulse buffer stock to 2 million tonnes for this year," Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Monday after concern expressed over high price of Chana dal. He further offered more pulses to states. It was also opined that strict action to ensure its availability at reasonable prices as there is no shortage of the commodities.
The meeting which was also attended by Information and Broadcasting Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, came upon the decision of giving Tur dal at 66 rupees per Kilogram and Urad 82 rupees per Kg which will be sold at 120 rupees per Kg or less at the retail price.