The Government of India launched the sale of chana dal in retail packs under the brand name of ‘Bharat Dal’ at highly subsidized rates.

In order to make pulses more affordable to consumers, the Government of India launched the selling of chana dal in retail packets under the brand name ‘Bharat Dal’ at substantially subsidised rates of Rs.60 per kg for 1 kg pack and Rs.55 per kg for 30 kg pack.

Bharat Dal is available through National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd.(NAFED), NCCF, Kendriya Bhandar, and Safal retail locations. Under this arrangement, the chana dal is also made available to state governments for distribution through retail outlets of state government controlled cooperatives and businesses, as well as for supplies under their social schemes, police, and jails.

‘Bharat Dal’ in retail pack

In order to make pulses available to consumers at affordable prices, the Government maintains buffer stock of five major pulses, namely, chana, tur, urad, moong and masur under the Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF). The stocks from the buffer are released in the market in a calibrated and targeted manner to control prices. The disposal of tur from the PSF buffer is underway in a targeted and calibrated manner to augment the availability of stocks for milling into tur dal for the consumers.

Stocks of chana and moong from the Price Support Scheme (PSS) and PSF buffer are continuously released in the market to moderate prices. Apart from market disposal, pulses from the buffer are also being supplied to the states for their welfare schemes, and to the Army and Central Armed Police Forces.

To augment domestic availability and moderate the prices of pulses, import of tur and urad have been kept under ‘Free Category’ till 31.03.2024 and import duty on masur has been reduced to zero till 31.03.2024. Import duty of 10% on tur has been removed to facilitate smooth and seamless imports.

To prevent hoarding, stock limits has been imposed on tur and urad under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 on 2nd June, 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.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply today in the Lok Sabha.

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