Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha Government continues its raids on hoarders of pulses across the State, retail prices of ‘dal’ show no sign of abating.
While seizure of over 200 quintals of unprocessed ‘dal’ was reported from Rayagada, the Khurda district officials of Food and Civil Supplies Department, with the help of Khandagiri police, searched the house of a retired school teacher and seized 170 bags of pulses at Dumduma on Saturday night.
Reports of similar raids have come in from Puri and Balasore districts. However, the seizure of ‘dal’ is found to be very insignificant.
Prices of ‘dal’ continue to rule high in retail markets despite the State Government’s claim that there is a fall in the price in the wholesale market.
“A fall in price will be possible only when the prices of ‘dal’ at the source markets come down,” said general secretary of Odisha Byabasayee Mahasanga Sudhakar Panda.
There is no significant improvement in the supply position even after seizure of over 75,000 tonnes of ‘dal’ from hoarders in raids across 13 States. The Government is yet to release the ‘dal’ seized from hoarders into the supply chain.
Similar is the condition in the State. Whatever quantity of ‘dal,’ both processed and unprocessed, has been seized in different districts is under Government possession. There is no clarity from the Government as to when this stock will be offloaded into the market.
Disapproving the action of the Government, major ‘dal’ traders of the State are contemplating to stop procuring ‘dal’ from other States as a mark of protest. A delegation of traders is likely to meet Minister of State for Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Sanjay Dasburma on Monday and request him not to harass the traders.
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the State governments to have meeting with millers, wholesalers and retailers to make pulses available in retail markets at reasonable prices.
In a communication to the State Government, the Centre said distribution of pulses at reasonable prices through ration shops by some States has helped stabilising the prices and advised it to consider this step.
The Centre is yet to respond to the State Government’s request for an assistance of Rs 50 crore from the price stabilisation fund to go for market intervention till ‘dal’ prices are stabilised.
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