Here’s some good news for consumers about their grocery bills.
Buoyed by fresh arrivals, wholesale market rates for pulses have shown a steady decline.
Keeping in tune with the trend, the Delhi government has decided to reduce rates of the pulses sold at Mother Dairy and Kendriya Bhandar outlets.
Delhi Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Haroon Yusuf said, “As per the commitment of the Delhi Government to provide maximum relief to the common man, it has been decided to reduce price of pulses from March 8.”
This is part of continued intervention by the Delhi government, wherein more than 400 retail outlets of Mother Dairy, Kendriya Bhandar and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) across Delhi are selling 10 important pulses since February 10.
“We keep a watch on wholesale rates on a daily basis,” said Jayshree Raghuraman, secretary, Delhi’s Food and Supplies Department.
“When we found these rates have reduced, we too decided to bring down the rates of pulses sold under our scheme,” she added.
The downward trend in the wholesale market is due to an increase in supply.
“There are fresh arrivals of arhar dal, chana dal, urad dal, masoor dal and kabuli chana,” explained Naresh Gupta, President, Delhi Grain Merchants’ Association.
“This surely brings down the costs,” he added.
However, consumers would not get the benefits of the scaled down prices before March 8.
Pointed out Dinesh Mishra, Assistant General Manager (Grocery), Kendriya Bhandar, “We would first liquidate our existing stock at old rates. These four-five days are needed to procure, package and distribute new stocks.”