Uttar Pradesh is soon going to distribute white matar, moong and chana through ration shops for which it has placed an order of 7,500 tonnes of imported pulses with public sector trading firm PEC.
“We are expecting the pulses to arrive in a week and soon these will be distributed through the fair price shops,” a senior state government official said.
PEC was asked to supply imported pulses last month and the commodity is on its way from Mumbai, he said.
The decision to supply pulses via ration shops comes close on the heels of the state government’s move to sell pulses at wholesale rate through trade bodies. Since prices of key pulses are ruling high in the market, the government is taking measures to ensure supply at a cheaper rate.
However, the state government officials are sceptical about offtake of pulses through the public distribution system (PDS) as demand is more for tur (pigeon peas).
But since the availability of tur is limited and imported pulses comprise mainly of yellow peas, the state government has no option but to place the order for other pulses for PDS supply, the official said.
According to the data maintained by the central government, the retail price of tur in Lucknow is ruling at Rs 78 a kg from Rs 55 per kg six month back.
Similarly, the other most-consumed pulse, chana (gram) has remained stable at Rs 37-38 per kg since last one year.