Providing some relief to consumers in the district, local traders, in association with the district administration, have started selling pulses at lesser rates in special shops called ‘Janta Dal Shops’, in parts of Gautam Budh Nagar.
In Noida, arhar dal is being sold for Rs. 130 per kg through these shops, while in Dadri, two permanent shops are supplying masoor and chana dal for Rs.70 and Rs. 55 per kg respectively.
“Presently, the market price for arhar dal ranges between Rs. 170 and Rs. 190 per kg in rural areas and up to Rs. 220 in urban areas. Similarly, the market price for chana dal ranges between Rs. 85 and Rs. 110 per kg, while masoor dal costs between Rs. 114 and Rs. 150 per kg in rural areas,” said Manoj Suri, Noida inspector, State Agricultural Produce Marketing Board, Uttar Pradesh (Krishi Utpadan Mandi Samiti). In urban areas, these rates go up by 20%, he added.
“On directions from district magistrate NP Singh, the Janta Dal Shops are selling arhar dal for Rs. 130 per kg, masoor dal for Rs. 70 per kg and chana dal for Rs. 55 per kg. The district magistrate is promoting social responsibility among traders. During times of rise in prices of essential commodities, they should provide supply to the poor at cheaper rates,” district supply officer, Vinay Kumar Singh, said on Sunday.
“Two shops have been set up in Dadri for selling pulses at lower rates. In Noida, one shop has been set up in Bhangel and one mobile shop is selling pulses in Sectors 8, 9, 10 and slum clusters in the city. However, only arhar dal is being sold in Noida,” he added.
“In Dadri, distribution is being done for the last four days and in Noida for the last three days. So far, around 10 quintals of pulses have been sold through these shops,” said Singh.
However, Arti Devi, a resident of a slum cluster at Sector 10, said, “Beside pulses, cheap onions should also be supplied to us.”
A resident of Sector 21, Puran Sharma, said, “Mother Dairy booths are selling arhar dal for Rs. 120 per kg, but they have limited supply, which is sold out within minutes.”