With prices of tur dal increasing, the Center on Friday asked all states and union territories to ensure that stockists and traders disclose the quantity of tur dal kept with them.
The directive comes amid reports that the sale of tur dal is being restricted to create artificial shortage.
The Center is closely monitoring the prices of pulses. At present, it has 3.8 million tonnes of pulses in its buffer stock and is being released to boost domestic supply.
On Friday, the consumer affairs department “directed all states and union territories to implement stock disclosure by the shareholders of Toor under sections 3(2)(h) and 3(2)(i) of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. be released. “.
States and Union Territories (UTs) have also been asked to monitor and verify the stock. Further, according to an official statement, they have been asked to direct the stockholder entities to upload their stock data on a weekly basis on the online monitoring portal of the department.
“There are reports that some sections of stockists and traders are resorting to restricted selling in an attempt to create artificial scarcity to push the prices upwards,” it added.
The retail prices of tur dal have been on an upward trend since the second week of July after slow progress in kharif sowing as compared to last year.
The low sown area is due to excess rainfall and water logging conditions in some parts of the major tur dal producing states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
“The Center is closely monitoring the overall availability and prices of pulses in the domestic and overseas markets to take necessary pre-action in the event of undue price hike in the upcoming high demand festival months,” the statement said.
The Center said that there is sufficient availability of pulses in the domestic market. Nevertheless, it is releasing pulses from its buffer stock of 38 lakh tonnes to augment supply in the market.
The area under pulses has come down to 122.11 lakh hectares as on August 12 of this kharif sowing season, as against 127.22 lakh hectares in the year-ago period. The area under Arhar Dal has come down from 47.55 lakh hectare to 42 lakh hectare. PTI MJH Ram
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