Now poor people of India can buy pulses at discounted prices of Rs 15 per Kg. Union Cabinet has taken a decision to provide discount on pulses for poor people. According to statement, a discount of Rs. 15 per kg is being offered by government. This discount is given over wholesale market price to states and UTs and will be used for various welfare schemes.
As per the news government will invite states and UTs to buy 34.88 lakh tonnes of Tur, Chana, Masoor, Moong and Urad at discount of Rs 15 per Kg. It will be given on first come first serve basis. The scheme will last for next 12 months or till the stock of 34.88 lakh tonnes of pulses is left.
Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after holding the cabinet meeting said that Rs 5,237 crore will be spend by government for successful implementation of the discounted pulses scheme in India. The action will help states and Union territories to implement their various welfare schemes in the states.
Where The Discounted Pulses Will be Used?
The states and UTs can utilize it in the schemes such as Mid-Day Meal, Public Distribution System, and Integrated Child Development Programmes (ICDP).
India has been producing pulses at a larger scale for last two years. Indian government has also run so many programmes like price support scheme for procurement of pulses during Kharif 2017 and Rabi 2018. As per the report, 45.43 lakh MT of pulses has been bought by government under price support scheme.