New Delhi: The Centre today decided to
extend the supply of pulses at subsidised prices through
ration shops till March 2010, even as most of the states have
not lifted the grains.
"The scheme of supplying pulses through the Public
Distribution System (PDS) has been extended till March, 2010,"
a senior government official said after a high-level meeting
of a ministerial panel.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has decided that the common
man should be insulated against price rise of pulses.
The announcement of the decision has, however, been
postponed due to model code of conduct in force, the official
said, adding that the decision would be sent for the approval
of the Election Commission soon, he added.
Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh are going for polls next
The Centre had launched a scheme last year in October to
supply 4,00,000 tonnes of pulses at a discounted rate of Rs 10
per kg, in order to give relief to the weaker sections, who
could not afford to buy pulses due to high prices.
The scheme was valid for six months, but it was extended
twice and was to expire this month-end.
The decision has been taken in view of high prices of key
pulses like tur, which are ruling over Rs 85 per kg, the
The official further noted that so far less than 1,00,000
tonnes of pulses have been lifted by only four states for the
distribution through ration shops.