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Imported Tur dal in Delhi to be available at Kendriya Bhandars from October 15

NEW DELHI: Inter Ministerial Committee on prices and availability of essential food items chaired by Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs reviewed prices and availability of pulses and onions here .

Regarding Tur dal, Kendriya Bhandar informed that all arrangements have been made to make imported dal available on its outlets in Delhi from October 15, 2015. Safal will also sell the dal through its outlets by this weekend.

Imported dal is also being allocated to other States as per their requests received. Allocations to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been made.

The committee was also informed that a bid to import further 2000MT of Tur has been floated by MMTC. It will open on October 16, 2015. The successful bidder will ensure delivery of the Tur at the Indian ports by November 2015.

The committee was also of the view that an independent expert agency dealing with commodities may also be involved in forecasting the availability and demand of the essential food commodities both at domestic as well as international level. This would facilitate to plan effective market intervention, well in advance, by the concerned Government agencies.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of Department of Agriculture, MMTC, Mother Dairy and Kendriya Bhandar.