CM Raje reiterates demand to delist black gram, mustard

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Jaipur: Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has repeated the demand for delisting black gram (chana) and mustard (sarson) from the derivatives market which claimed to be the reason for fluctuation in the prices of these essential commodities.
Raje in a letter to the Union consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan apprised him of the measures taken by the state government to control the prices of essential commodities in the state. But she said one of the major reasons for the rise in prices of essential commodities is the derivatives market.
The state government has been repeatedly demanding to delist black gram and mustard from derivatives market so that their prices could stabilize, she pointed out. But she said the Central government is yet to take a decision on this demand.
In response to Union minister Paswan’s directions to the state governments on March 22 this year to act against the hoarders, profiteers and black marketers, the chief minister pointed out that the state government had already extended the stock limit prescribed for wholesalers till September this year.
She pointed out that the government through a notification in July 15 last year fixed the stock limit of wholesalers and the same was extended on October 20, 2015, to September this year.
Action has been initiated against the violators of the limit and officials of the department had seized 2610.208 metric tons of pulses and 2298.806 metric tons of the same has been auctioned off.
The chief minister said considering the increasing prices of pulses, the state government had opened dal distribution counters in consultation with Dal Mill Association and had distributed about 3576 quintals of dal till now.