Centre to provide Rs 15/kg discount on pulses for poor
"Government will spend Rs 5,237 crore for implementation of this scheme," said Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said after the Cabinet meeting.
The decision will enable the states/UTs to use pulses in various welfare schemes, besides making it available at the warehouses, which may be required in coming Kharif season for storage of commodities procured under price support scheme, said an official release.
The states/UTs will utilise pulses in their various welfare schemes/ programmes like Mid-Day Meal, Public Distribution System, and Integrated Child Development Programmes (ICDP). This will be one-time dispensation for a period of 12 months or complete disposal of 34.88 lakh tonnes of pulses.
The country has witnessed all time high production of pulses during the last 2 years.
In the coming Kharif season, the production of pulses is expected to be good, it said, adding that this coupled with increase in minimum support price will require additional procurement under price support scheme.
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