Centre asks states to ensure pulses sell at reasonable price

Centre asks states to ensure pulses sell at reasonable price

The central government has said asked states to ensure that pulses are sold in the market at reasonable prices through Public Distribution System

Govt extends ban on hoarding onion beyond ceiling by 1 year

To curb the rise in onion prices, government on Wednesday extended by one year the ban on hoarding the kitchen staple beyond the prescribed limit.

Potato production falls by 2.3% in wake of untimely rains

The all India production of potato during 2013-14 has decreased by 2.3 percent in comparison to 2012-13, as per the provisional estimates provided by the states.

Potato, onion brought under Essential Commodities Act in Tripura

The Tripura government has decided to bring onion and potato under the Essential Commodities Act (ECA), 1955, to check price rise, state Information Minister Bhanu Lal Saha said on Wednesday.

Govt plans to amend Act to make hoarding non-bailable offence

Holding hoarders responsible for the recent spurt in food prices, the government plans to amend the Essential Commodities Act to make hoarding a non-bailable offence and setting up special courts to try them.

Price rise: Paswan seeks punitive measures against hoarders

The Essential Commodities Act should be amended to raise imprisonment for hoarders from six months at present to a year, he said.

Onion output estimated to rise 15% to 19.3 MT in 2013-14

Onion production in the country is estimated to increase by 15 percent to 19.3 million tonnes (MT) in 2013-14, Parliament was informed Friday.

Paswan asks states to rise above politics to control prices

The current price rise is a temporary phenomenon created by hoarders, he said.

Govt puts stock limits on onion and potato to check prices

Cracking down further on hoarding, the Centre on Wednesday put onion and potato under purview of the Essential Commodities Act and imposed stock holding limits in a bid to improve availability and rein in prices.

CCEA may consider today stock limits on onion, potato

Currently, stock limits are imposed for pulses, edible oils and oilseeds till September 2014, while for rice and paddy upto November this year.

Crew of detained US ship moves Madras HC seeking bail

The crew of detained US ship, arrested on October 18 for illegally carrying arms and straying into Indian waters, have moved the Madras High Court seeking bail claiming they were "lured into Tuticorin port by treachery" and they were innocent.

Govt hopes onion prices would ease in a week

Ruling out the possibility of declaring onion as an essential item, the government on Friday said its prices would ease in a week's time on improvement in the demand and supply situation.

States need to curb food hoarding: Par Panel

A Parliamentary panel has said the number of persons convicted for violation of the Essential Commodities Act in the past three years is very less.

Bring cement under Essential Commodities Act's purview: Dhumal

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal on Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare cement as controlled item and bring it under the purview of Essential Commodities Act to make the commodity cheaper in the state.