The Government launched the sale of chana dal in retail packs under the brand name of Bharat Dal on 17.07.2023 at highly subsidized rates of Rs.60 per kg for 1 kg pack and Rs.55 per kg for 30 kg pack in order to make pulses available to consumers at affordable prices. Bharat Dal is being distributed through retail outlets of NAFED, NCCF, Kendriya Bhandar and Safal. The chana dal, under this arrangement, is also made available to state governments for supplies under their welfare schemes, police, and jails, and also for distribution through the retail outlets of state government-controlled cooperatives and corporations.
In order to make pulses available to consumers at affordable prices, the Government maintains a buffer stock of five major pulses, namely, chana, tur, urad, moong and Masur under the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF). The stocks from the buffer are released in the market in a calibrated and targeted manner to control prices. The disposal of tur from the PSF buffer is underway in a targeted and calibrated manner to augment the availability of stocks for milling into tur dal for consumers.
Stocks of chana and moong from the Price Support Scheme (PSS) and PSF buffer are continuously released in the market to moderate prices. Apart from market disposal, pulses from the buffer are also being supplied to the states for their welfare schemes, and to the Army and Central Armed Police Forces.
To augment domestic availability and moderate the prices of pulses, the import of tur and urad has been kept under ‘Free Category’ till 31.03.2024 and import duty on masur has been reduced to zero till 31.03.2024. Import duty of 10% on tur has been removed to facilitate smooth and seamless imports. To prevent hoarding, stock limits have been imposed on tur and urad under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 on 2nd June 2023 for a period till 31st October 2023. The stock of pulses held by entities such as dealers, importers, millers and traders is continuously monitored through the online stock monitoring portal of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply yesterday in the Lok Sabha.
Disclaimer: This is an official press release by Pib.