Shortly after the state governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka accused the retailers of unnecessarily rising the prices of pulses, especially 'arhar', the traders have decided to sell the dal at resonable prices.
Amidst this, the Retail Grain Dealers Federation of Mumbai is going to make it mandatory for its members to the lowest priced tur dal along with the highest quality dal, required by affluent consumers.
Also, traders in Karnataka will make sure that the dal is available across the state.
All this happened after in a meeting between wholesalers, retailers and , the Food and Civil Supplies department of Maharashtra warned them to not to inflate prices unnecessarily.
Interestingly, Mahesh Pathak, Principal Secretary in Maharashtra Government said that in a survey conducted by them of retail and wholesale prices of the dal in the country, they found that the retailers were found to be selling dal at high margins.
MC Dinesh, president of Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the traders wanted to be role models and the dal that will be sold at Rs 130/kg will be good quality dal that a middle class family can eat.
Also, Maharashtra government will be selling the dal to below poverty line at Rs. 120 per kg under the Public Distribution System.