The government on Monday said the initial tranches of imported pulses would arrive in the country this week and those of onions in the first week of October, as it battles high price rise in these commodities despite a disinflationary trend in the overall inflation gauges.
In a meeting on Monday, the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Prices and Availability of essential food items observed that prices of pulses and onions had remained relatively stable over the week. State-run MMTC, which is importing pulses, has informed that the initial tranches of 888 tonnes and 984 tonnes of tur dal would arrive at the ports in Chennai and Mumbai on September 23 and 24, respectively, the food ministry said in a statement. The entire import consignment of 5000 tonnes of tur would reach these two ports by October 20.
“As a firm request for the imported Tur Dal has only been received from Andhra Pradesh, it was decided that the first tranche of imported Tur Dal arriving at Chennai Port as well as JNPT, Mumbai may be allocated to them,” the statement said. MMTC is in communication with the States who have evinced interest in taking the imported urad, it added.
The panel stressed the need for early finalisation of a long-term strategy for procurement of pulses to help incentivise its production.