New Delhi: In order to check the increased prices of pulses, the central government has fixed the stock limit on all pulses except moong dal. Against this decision of the government, wholesale pulse traders of Asia’s largest grain market, Naya Bazar, have warned the central government of closure and demanded removal of stock limit. In the order of the Central Government, wholesale traders of pulses are allowed to stock up to 200 tonnes of pulses. On Monday, the Delhi Grain Merchant Association protested against the central government’s order to fix the stock limit at Naya Bazaar in Old Delhi.
The wholesale pulse traders of Naya Bazar say that about 100 tonnes of pulses are traded daily. In such a situation, fixing the 200 ton stock limit will stop the business. In Delhi, food grains come from other states, it takes 3-4 days for its transportation, so how will business be done. Pradeep Jindal, president of Pulses and Beans Association in Delhi, says that lakhs of tonnes of pulses are traded daily in Naya Bazaar. In 1974, even when the country had a population of 250 million, 200 tonnes of stock was allowed and today with a population of 130 crores, there should be a stock limit of at least 2000 tonnes. Government’s wrong policy is to fix stock limit.
Arhar: Rs.80-90 per kg
Chana: Rs.54-59 per kg
Urad: Rs.75-90 per kg
Lentils: Rs.68-76 per kg
Moong: Rs 69-80 per kg
Joint Secretary of Delhi Grain Merchant Association Sachin Sharma said that on the issue of stock limit policy of the Central Government, the traders of Anaj Mandi have formed a delegation which will put the demand of pulse traders in front of the Central Government. Apart from this, preparations for a legal battle are also going on in the court, because the businessman has already died before the lockdown. If the central government does not remove the stock limit, then a shutdown will also be announced.