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India, New Delhi: BPL cardholders to get subsidised pulses through PDS; subsidy for import

A release by ministry of consumer affairs, food & public distribution issued on Friday, has stated that in view of mismatch between demand and supply of pulses and lower acreage under pulses in 2012-13, and delayed monsoon, the government has decided to provide Rs 20 as subsidy on the import of pulses to state governments.

The release adds, imported pulses will be supplied at reasonable prices to the BPL population through PDS. Designated import agencies will directly enter into contract with the states / UTs for supply of imported pulses.

Subsidy of Rs 20 per kg will be paid to designated importing agencies up to a maximum of the number of BPL cardholders in a particular state. The proposed scheme would make available pulses, a critical protein requirement to the vulnerable sections of society, BPL cardholder, at subsidised rates, informed the release.

State/UT governments will monitor and ensure that the distribution strategy enables the subsidy benefit to reach the targeted population. The scheme will be in operation till March 31, 2013, and a decision regarding its continuation will be taken early next year.

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