New Delhi: The Indian Government has decided to use the postal network for distribution of subsidised pulses and release more ‘chana’ (grams) from the buffer stock to ensure availability of these commodities at reasonable prices during ongoing festival season, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said yesterday.
The decisions were taken at the Inter Ministerial Committee meeting on prices of essential commodities headed by Union Consumer Affairs Secretary, Hem Pande on Friday.
The committee reviewed availability and prices of essential commodities specially pulses and suggested that in the absence of government outlets in the states, postal networks should be exploited for the distribution.
It was observed that there are declining trends in the prices of pulses in recent weeks. Prices of some of the other commodities are stable.
It was informed that so far 500 procurement centres have been opened and farmers are being paid through cheques or bank transfer instantly.
The central government has set up procurement target of 50,000 MT for current Kharif pulses.
India Blooms News Service