Food ministry may seek Cabinet OK to push ministries to buy buffer pulses.

Food and Consumers Affairs ministry is likely to seek Cabinet approval for the disposal of pulses from buffer stock to other ministries at prices higher than the market rate. A direct communication with other ministries has so far not yielded any result because even at subsidized rates, pulses from the buffer stock are expensive than the market price. If the Cabinet approves the proposal, the ministries and their public sector undertakings would have to buy pulses from the food ministry. The food ministry has written to different ministries asking them to purchase pulses from the buffer stock at subsidised rates but they have shown no interest.