Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The pulses being sold by the Delhi Government through 290 outlets of Mother Dairy, 84 of Kendriya Bhandar outlets and 13 of the National Consumer Cooperative Federation would become cheaper from March 8, said Delhi Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Haroon Yusuf here on Wednesday.

Mr. Yusuf said while the rates of pulses in the open market had gone down after the Delhi Government launched the sale of reasonably priced pulses, the Government would reduce the prices further from March 8.

As per the new rates, the per kg price of Chana Whole would go down from Rs.32 to 30, of Chana Dal from Rs.33 to 31; Arhar from Rs.66 to 62, Masoor Black (Whole) from Rs.46 to 43, Malka (Red) from Rs.55 to 52, Urad Washed from Rs.58 to 55, Urad Whole from Rs.47 to 45, Kabuli Chana from Rs.46 to 43 and Moong Washed from Rs.82 to 81.

The rate of Rajma Chitra would, however, remain unchanged at Rs.41 per kg.

The Minister said simultaneously the Delhi Government would also be taking strict action against black-marketers.

The Weights and Measures Department is monitoring the sale of pulses across the city.

In the last six months, Mr. Yusuf said, Delhi has witnessed an unexpected increase in the prices of various commodities, particularly basic food items like sugar, pulses, wheat, rice and vegetable. But, he added, the sale of reasonably priced pulses, grams and fortified wheat flour has had a moderating impact on the overall situation.

The Minister informed that the Department of Food and Supplies had in association with the Whole Grain Merchants and Millers' Association started sale of 1-kg packs of Rajma, Moong Washed, Arhar, Chana Dal and Chana Whole at the 50 circles of the Department and later on had extended this sale to all 288 Mother Dairy booths.

A total of 1040 metric tons of these commodities have been sold since.

Thereafter, the Minister said, the Delhi Government had in collaboration with the Delhi Grain Merchants Association and Pulses Millers' Association again intervened in the market and launched sale of pulses through Mother Dairy, Kendriya Bhandar and NCCF.