High prices of pulses due to lack of sufficient quantity to meet the demand have urged government to import another 30000 tonnes of pulses for buffer stock.
Taking into notice the prices of Tur and Urad dal, government has decided to include 20,000 tonnes of Tur dal and 10,000 tonnes of Urad dal.
Already, the government has procured about 1.19 million tonnes of pulses from the domestic market and over 29,000 tonnes of pulses were allocated to the states as on August 1, 2016 but only three states have lifted some quantities against their allotments.
To control prices to some extent, the central government requested states to remove all local taxes and consider capping the prices of pulses, edible oils and other essential commodities, last month.
Also, it has grouped various enforcement officers to monitor and check against hoarding of pulses and other food items.