Prices of essential commodities reviewed

New Delhi: In a bid to build a buffer stock to check the prices and availability of essential commodities, an inter-Ministerial committee meeting held to review the prices of essential commodities here today. The meeting was presided over by Hem Pande, Secretary Consumer Affairs.

The government agencies have so far procured about 51000 tonnes of Kharif and 60,000 tonnes of Rabi pulses till date. NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd) and SFAC (Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium) have also procured nearly 15,635 tonnes of onions as market intervention efforts.

Till date, nearly 13000 tonnes of imported pulses have already arrived and delivery of another 6000 tonnes will take place soon, said the official release here on Tuesday.

State governments have been urged to seek allocation of pulses from the buffer stock so that pulses can be sold at reasonable prices. The prices of the pulses should not exceed beyond Rs 120/kg.

Till date, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Telangana have been allocated some quantity of pulses. For the consumers of Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the pulses will be made available at subsidised rates.

Kendriya Bhandar and Safal outlets have been allocated pulses to sell through their outlets in Delhi. So far, these agencies have sold 635.31 quintals of tur and 245 quintals of urad at Rs.120/kg, according to the release.

“The government has already sanctioned about 6.25 million tonne of wheat for open market sale operations during the current financial year,” the release added.

The committee was also informed that at present the Food Corporation of India has about 32 million tonne of wheat in its stock, against the public distribution system’s requirement of about 24 million tonne.

Manish Kumar