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Pulse prices running with consumers’ unendurable humility
Sunday September 11, 2016 8:15 PM, Shakeel Ahmad,

Pulse prices

For everything has its weak side, and when full fairness is ignored to the people’s comfort, the retail prices of the arhar dal is not going down and we are bound to term it a very real weak side of both the union and the state governments. As a result, the common consumers realise the intensity of the trouble. And we begin to look to the authorities concerned for starting necessary steps so that our difficulties would lessen to a significant level.

In regard to the buffer stock of pulses, it was held that the quantity of arhar dal imported in recent days would bring down the prices. But oddly enough the consumers are not able to find any remarkable relief. Neither the prices have fallen nor has the supply been increased in the market. All the good hopes that were guessed from the Union Minister’s importation of twenty thousand tonnes of arhar dal which he announced to minimise the disorder seemed to have been faded into the puzzlement again.

It is being continuously maintained that the arhar dal of foreign varieties has yet not brought for sale in the market. The slight fall was seen in the rate due to the arrival of indigenous Chaitua Arhar but its impact on the market prices did not last long.

What! Are pulse prices yet not fallen considerably despite import of the arhar dal? Still, the better 3 G Number One quality arhar dal is selling at its old price in bulk. The retail rate is slightly lower.

A retail shopkeeper A Gupta stated that the rates would increase just with the start of Navratri. The consumers are not able to consume other pulses like moong and urad at a subsidised rate. Some maintain that this is merely a fascination like a maxim mungeri lal ke hasseen sapne. A few others point to the change in the pulse price during Diwali. Retailers also refuse to predict about the situation during the festival.

Indigenous varieties are selling even now as foreign imported dal is not available in the market. They are eagerly awaiting those Acchey Din when the pulse prices would come down. One consumer heaved the government has a sympathy with the consumers but it cannot tolerate the poor consumers to consume dals that attain prestige of rich man’s dish to this day.

Experts indicated that the current output was going to increase by two lakh tonnes. The farmers were disheartened with unsatisfactory support price. What required to be dealt was hoarding in a more vehement way. Moreover, the research institutes have developed a fresh variety yielding adequate production in a period of fifty-two days only.

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