Ahead of Diwali, the government may announce a scheme to sell dal (lentils) at Rs 50 a kg to states this week. The Centre is likely to bear a subsidy of about Rs 450 crore. The committee of secretaries headed by the Union cabinet secretary approved the scheme last week.
The consumer affairs ministry will issue the necessary notification after food minister Ramvilas Paswan approves it, sources said.
As per the plan, the Centre will sell about 2.6 lakh tonnes of pulses from its buffer stocks to five states and Union Territories, including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Though the procurement costs are different for different pulses such as tur, moong and masur, on an average the purchase cost has been estimated at Rs 68 a kg, sources said.