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Centre asks states to lift pulses from buffer stock to cool rising prices

New Delhi: Amid rising prices of pulses, the Centre has asked states to place demand for subsidised pulses available in Centre’s buffer stock. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan has written all state governments to lift pulses for their distribution through public distribution system (pds) or through other retail network.

The government sells pulses including tur and chana through ration shops at prices ranging between Rs 45-55 a kg. In retail market. the prices of tur, urad and chana are ruling between Rs 70-120 a kg.

“Prices of all the pulses rising every day. With reports of weak crop this year, the price are likely to go up further. We have enough quantity in our buffer stock. States should take benefit of this,” said a senior consumer affairs minsitry official.

According to officials, the centre has a buffer stock of around 12 lakh tonnes.


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