Stockholding limit on pulses relaxed, govt says on basis of ‘feedback, softening of prices’

Days after it imposed stockholding limits for pulses, a measure that had seen protests, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Monday relaxed the norms for wholesalers and millers whereas exempting importers altogether. It mentioned this was being completed in view of “the softening of prices and the feedback received from state governments and various stakeholders”.

“For wholesalers, the stock limit will be 500 MT (provided no variety is more than 200 MT); for retailers, the stock limit will be 5 MT; and for millers, stock limits will be the last 6 months’ production or 50% of annual installed capacity, whichever is higher,” the Ministry mentioned in a press release, including that the revised stock limits shall be relevant to tur, urad, gram and masoor.

The rest adopted a meeting of Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal with all of the stakeholders, together with importers, millers and so forth, on July 17, the place he took stock of points linked with imposition of stock limits on pulses.

The ministry assertion famous that costs of tur, urad, moong and gram had began displaying a declining pattern.

“Wholesale prices of all the pulses (except masoor) have fallen by 3-4 % in the last two months and retail prices over the same period for all the pulses (except masoor) have fallen by 2-4%,” the assertion mentioned.

It additionally mentioned that each one its steps from mid-May, together with the imposition of stock limits for augmenting provides within the first week of July, “have consistently been aimed at cooling the retail prices of pulses”.

As per the brand new guidelines, all of the wholesalers, retailers and so forth must declare the shares with them on the net portal of the Department of Consumer Affairs. “And in case the stocks held by them are higher than the prescribed limits, then they shall bring it to the prescribed stock limits within 30 days of issue of this notification,” the assertion mentioned.
On July 2, the Ministry had issued the Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) Order, 2021, to prescribe stock limits for all pulses besides moong, till October 31, for all states and Union territories.

The Indian Express had written how limiting of shares of pulses was completely at variance with the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, one of the three legal guidelines whose repeal has been sought by farmer organisations however which faces the least protest.

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