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Government to dispose of 5 lakh tons of pulses buffer stock by March
Nov 14, 2017

The Centre, which is sitting on a buffer stock of 18 lakh tonnes of pulses, is aiming to dispose of up to 5 lakh tonnes of lentils by March 2018, a senior food ministry official said today. 
 
Last week, the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) gave approval for distributing a part of the pulses buffer stock to central schemes like Midday Meal and other state-run agencies besides state governments. 
 
The recent CCEA approval will help clear at least 3.5 to 5 lakh tonnes of pulses from the buffer stock by end of this fiscal, the official told. 
 
Already, pulses are being given to some state governments at a subsidised rate for distribution through the ration shops. 
 
The concerned ministries, implementing various schemes, have been asked to provide their pulses requirement. 
 
It is estimated that Midday Meal scheme alone would require about 5 lakh tonnes of pulses annually and about 3 lakh tonnes for Aganwadis, the official said. 
 
    

The Economic Times

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