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Centre launched affordable Chana dal under brand Bharat Dal

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 07-02-2024
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To make pulses available to consumers at an affordable price the government of India has launched chana dal in retail packs under the brand name of Bharat Dal at a highly subsidised rates of Rs.60 per kg for 1 kg pack and Rs.55 per kg for 30 kg pack.

India which is the largest producer of the pulses in the world is also the largest consumer and importer of pulses in the world . In recent times the prices of pulses especially tur (Arhar), urad masoor  has increased sharply .

Union Minister of State for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and  Public Distribution, Ashwini Kumar Choubey,  said the Bharat Dal is being distributed through retail outlets of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India ltd.(NAFED), National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India limited ( NCCF), Kendriya Bhandar and Safal.

The chana dal, under this arrangement, is also made available to state governments for supplies under their welfare schemes, police, jails, and also for distribution through the retail outlets of state government controlled cooperatives and corporations.

The government of India maintains a buffer stock of five major pulses, namely, chana, tur, urad, moong and masoor under the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF).

Amongst all the pulses being produced in India the contribution of chana dal is highest and India is self sufficient in chana dal.

Steps taken by the government  to check the price of Pulses 

The minister said the government is taking a number of steps to check the price of pulses in the country . some of the recent steps are :

  • Import of tur and urad have been kept under 'Free Category' till 31st March 2024. It means there is restriction on the import of tur and urad .

  • Import duty on masoor  has been reduced to zero till 31st March 2024. 

  • Import duty of 10% on tur has been removed to facilitate smooth and seamless imports.

  • To prevent hoarding, stock limits have been imposed on tur and urad under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 on 2ndJune, 2023 for a period till 31st October, 2023.

  • Stock of pulses held by entities such as dealers, importers, millers and traders are continuously monitored through the online stock monitoring portal of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

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NAFED: National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India ltd.

NCCF: National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India limited

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