Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Sunday said Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government is not bothered about the welfare of the people, as the government is not doing anything to contain rising prices of pulse, and only worried about coming to power.
“States were given an alert six months back regarding the shortage of pulses. I am willing to pay, but the states should also give us an estimate. Other states took some initiative and informed me about their requirements, but Bihar was not bothered. The Bihar Government is now not working for the welfare of the people, but is only worried about the ‘chair’ (power),” Singh told the media here.
Meanwhile, several measures have also been taken by the government for increasing the availability of pulses by banning export of pulses, extension of zero import duty on pulses and also import of 5000 tonnes of pulses from Price Stabilisation Fund.
To increase production of pulses, the minimum support price for urad and arhar have been increased to Rs.4,625 per quintal and for moong dal to Rs.4,850 per quintal.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also chaired a high-level inter-ministerial meeting and took major decisions like creation of a buffer stock by procurement and imports of pulses, strict action against hoarders and black marketers, bearing transportation, handling and milling charges of imported pulses from the Price Stabilisation Fund and encouraging States to lift stocks of imported pulses, among others.