Government to distribute Chickpea to states through NCDEX

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The central government on Friday said chana (chickpea) will be distributed to the states and a “significant quantity” released at the earliest through the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) Limited.

The move would help “cool down the prices”, an official statement here said.

The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial committee on prices held under the chairmanship of Secretary Department of Consumer Affairs Hem Pande.

“The meeting reviewed prices and availability of pulses. It was decided that besides offering Chana (chickpea) to the state governments, a significant quantity should also be released immediately through National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited to cool down prices,” the statement said.

The meeting also suggested exploring possibility to use Khadi and Village Industries Commission outlets for distribution of pulses besides postal network.

The committee was informed that the Department of Consumer Affairs is working on modalities with Department of Post to start distribution of pulses through its network at the earliest.

The subsidized pulses are already being distributed through Kendriya Bhandar, Safal and National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) outlets in Delhi and in the national capital region.

NCCF is also selling the pulses in some other metros also, the statement added.