Talking to reporters after the meeting, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, the measure will help increase the availability of Tur Dal and check price rise, which has been created psychologically assuming production might fall on likely delay in monsoon rains. The minister rejected media reports about price rise in Tur Dal saying that the government has enough buffer stock of pulses.
The Minister said, the government has a buffer stock of 39 lakh tonne of pulses, of which Tur Dal is about 7.5 lakh tonne. Food Minister said, there will be a close watch on hoarders and black marketers of pulses, and the government will not allow anyone to cheat consumers.
Secretaries of Food, Consumer Affairs and Commerce Ministries, as well as senior officials of Nafed and Directorate General of Foreign Trade, attended the meeting.