With the festival season around the corner, Mumbaikars can get some relief from inflation as the state government will provide 500 metric tonnes of tur dal at Rs95 per kg to be sold at retail outlets. Of the total stock, 48 metric tonnes of tur dal has already been made available in the city for sale at various outlets while the rest of the stock will be available in the coming days.
HT had on Wednesday reported how the pulse -- a staple diet from many poor families — sold at public distribution system shops is Rs8 costlier than that of retail outlets.
The outlets which will sell the subsidised tur dal include Apna Bazar, 8 metric tonnes; MB Mart, 8 metric tonnes; Big Bazaar ,17 metric tonnes; Hypercity, 3 metric tonnes; D Mart, 5 metric tonnes; Groma,10 metric tonnes; Mazdoor Sangh, 1 metric tonne; MB Mart (Malad) - 2 metric tonnes; Shahu Grain (Dindoshi), 0.5 metric tonne; Reliance Retail, 10 metric tonnes. The move is part of the efforts taken by the state government to control rising dal prices, said Mahesh Pathak, principal secretary of the food and civil supplies department.
The price of the pulse has not come down since last year, and the state government has been facing the heat ever since.
To stabilise the price, the state government has sought a stock of 28,000 metric tonnes of tur dal from the Central government. Of the required stock, the state has received 700 metric tonnes while the next stock of 1,100 metric tonnes will come in September , sources said.
Pathak said that tur dal at Rs 95 per kg will continue to be available for people for few months till prices are brought down. “We want to bring down inflated prices and thus 700 metric tonne stock is only for August . The next stock of will come soon. Apart from Mumbai, tur dal at Rs95 per kg has been made available at Pune, Aurangabad and Nashik,” he said.
However, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP) that has been engaged in activities of consumer protection and education for the last 33 years said that tur dal prices are still at the higher side and the government has failed to curb the prices.
MGP chairman Shirish Deshpande found out many flaws in the efforts taken by the state government. “If the intention of the government is to stabilise prices, the real solution lies in invoking the Essential Commodities Act. By invoking section 32 (C) of the Act, the government can fix both the wholesale and retail prices, MGP is with the government on this,” Deshpande told HT.