The center is asking pulse interest groups to immediately disclose the shares of the lenses

To improve the availability of pulses and curb the price rise, the Center has asked stakeholders to immediately declare masur (lentil) stocks. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Consumer Protection published the mandatory Masuri warehouse information guide, which will take effect immediately. “All stakeholders must compulsorily declare their Masur shares on the share information portal (https://fcainfoweb.nic.in/psp) maintained by the department every Friday. Any undisclosed shares, if found, will be treated as hoarding and appropriate action will be started under the Essential Commodities Act”. 

 In the weekly price review meeting, Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs directed the department to provide a broad-based lens bumper. The aim is to get available stock at  around  MSP. This comes at a time when Nafed and NCCF were forced to suspend their tenders for imported lenses as few suppliers received overbids amid suggestions of cartelisation.  Singh said that when lenses are imported from Canada and the market is imported from African countries, some players try to manipulate the market against the interests of  consumers and people. “The board is monitoring the development very closely and will initiate strict measures to market the stock to ensure availability of all pulses at reasonable prices during the festival season”.

  He said that a judicious balance of the interests of farmers and consumers is paramount and  the department will not hesitate to initiate strict action against those who ruthlessly try to harm the interests of consumers and farmers in India. Since March this year, the Center has intensified efforts to control stocks of pulses after market and urad production was deficient due to erratic weather last year. The decline in production has caused an upward trend in these pulses in recent months. Further, with deficient rains affecting crops in the ongoing Kharif 2023 season, the pulse complex has continued to rise and the government is relying on imports to boost supply and keep prices under control. Since September 1, the growing area of ​​legumes was 8.5 percent smaller – 119.09 million hectares compared to 130.13 thousand hectares in the same period last year.

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