A government-appointed committee under Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian to promote pulses cultivation, submitted its report on Friday. In the report the government panel asked the government to buy monsoon sown pulses immediately from farmers. The panel also sought weekly reporting of pulses procurement. “Raise MSP on winter pulses and build up 2 million tons of pulses stock with targets for individual pulses,” the panel recommended. MSP of Rs 40/kg for Chana in Rabi 2016 and Rs 60/kg for Urad & Tur in Kharif 2017 was also suggested by the panel and it also favoured lifting export ban and removing stock limit on pulses. Cultivation of locally developed GM pulses was also sought by the committee.
In July this year, pulse prices had neared Rs 200 a kg, prompting the government to set up a committee under the chief economic advisor to frame a long-term policy on pulses, which will look into various options, including MSP and bonus. The committee was asked re-examine the MSP and bonus being given to pulse growers at present and frame an appropriate policy to promote cultivation of lentils in India, he said. To tame pulses prices, the Centre had taken several steps, including imposition of stock limits on traders to put a lid on hoarding and imports.
CEA submitted the report in presence of the Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan & Agriculture Minister Dr Radha Mohan Singh.