The Modi government will provide free pulses to 200 million people in India

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BanglaHunt Desk: In the first week of May, the Modi government will provide free pulses to 200 million ration card holders across India. It is learned that the transport system and the 5.6 lakh tonne pulses factory are trying to complete the work quickly. The government hopes that most of the beneficiaries will get their first month allotment by the first week of May. The government said it was trying to complete the distribution for at least three months (April, May, June) by the third week.

Earlier, the central government had decided to buy gram and pulses from farmers in 13 states at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) under the 'Price Assistance Scheme' (PSS) to ensure that the situation does not escalate into a food crisis.

The government is expected to buy 25 per cent of the total crop from these 13 states at a cost of Rs 1,250 crore. As a result, just as the government will have enough pulses in stock, so will the farmers.

The pulses and gram will be procured from farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, according to Union Agriculture Ministry sources.
The central government will buy gram at Rs 4,875 per quintal and pulses at Rs 4,800 per quintal.

In this context, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “Although there is no formal proposal from the states, this important decision to buy gram and pulses has been taken under the price support scheme.” Under normal circumstances, the central government takes this step only when the state governments make a formal proposal.

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