Government to release chana stocks, regulate prices.
Ahead of the festival season, the government is exploring whether to release some stock of chana in the market to ease its availability and keep a check on prices.
It is also considering to introduce pulses under the public distribution system for nutritional need of the masses. A decision on this may soon be taken, say officials in the Food ministry. Chana flour is an important ingredient to prepare sweets and namkeen during the festive season. Poor availability of chana since the past one month has kept prices firm at Rs 4,240 per quintal in the Delhi market. In wholesale, chana dal was being quoted at Rs 4,800-5,000 a quintal.