New Delhi | Seeking an active market intervention by the States to keep prices of essential commodities under check, particularly pulses and edible oil, the Centre has written to the State governments to make available these commodities through civil supplies and cooperative societies outlets.
Reacting to the apprehensions of hike in prices of pulses and edible oil because of a perceived shortfall in supply, Union minister of Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said the Government is exploring all possible options to ensure availability of pulses at a reasonable price.
We are considering all possible measures to ensure availability of pulses at reasonable prices including its import, he asserted, adding the increase in prices of pulses was mainly because of demand and supply gap and the Government is taking it seriously.
Mr Paswan said, the States have also been requested to take strict action against hoarding of these items and the Centre has convened meeting of the States to discuss an action plan in this regard.
The Minister said the foodgrain management has recorded significant improvement over the last year. Additional storage capacity of more than 43,480 lakh metric tonne has been created in remote areas, especially in North East, to keep at least three months foodgrain allocation in advance.
He claimed damage and leakage of FCI stocks has been brought down very significantly at 0.004 percent.
Innovative experiments like shipping of rice from Andhra to Tripura through Bangladesh waterways and Andhra to Kerala through sea route have been made, Mr Paswan said, adding that 20 tonne modern storage is being created in the shape of silos.